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Bogota’s Paloquemao Market

BY MATTEO CAVELIER An age-old landmark, Bogota’s Paloquemao market does not take its historic place in Colombia’s capital lightly. Its battle to stay relevant alongside countless megastores and Bogota’s colossal wholesale marketplace, Corabastos, has been well-fought, and it still remains one of the most special food sites in the city....

Marina Abramović: What does it mean to re-perform art?

BY ALEKSANDRA LIFSHITS Marina Abramović is a Serbian performance artist known for testing the boundaries of performance art and human endurance. During her performances, she tends to endanger her body by inflicting pain on herself to feel spiritual transcendence, which she describes as a state bordering life and death. Her...

Solo Backpacking in South America

BY EMMA MURRAY I itched. I itched all over. My body, my soul, my heart, all itched. I itched in ways and places I couldn’t have imagined. I needed to get out, to escape life as I knew it and clear my head to find some direction in my life....


The Business of Language

BY ELIZABETH STANFIELD For many college students, and Brown students in particular, summer internships are of the utmost, make-it-or-break-it importance. For the months leading up to the summer, students go above and beyond to set up temporary employment, hoping to gain enough insight and credentials from these brief experiences to...

Floating Marvel, Sinking Antiquity

BY PIPER FRENCH The first thing I hear walking out of the train station is American, Midwestern American coming from five overweight blond fellow citizens. Venice, inflated before me, collapses. The sparkling canals, the pastel façades rushing back, quelled. Life is life still. There’s nothing I can say about this...

Together, We Commence

BY ELIZABETH STANFIELD Brown is a strange place to call home. Students commence their time here fully aware that they will leave, mindful that after four years they will be strangers to these familiar spaces. They dive as deep as they can into classes and activities and friendships, yet they...

Harbin, China: A Fresh Start

The well-known Saint Sophia Cathedral on a smoggy day. BY BAILEY HU “You’re going to study in Harbin?” My aunt asked in me in Chinese, her expression a mixture of amusement and alarm. “You know it’s negative 30 degrees Celsius there right now!” She paused for effect, perhaps expecting me...

China’s Coffee Revolution is Brewing

 Siphon coffee is one of the most interesting ways of brewing coffee. Utilizing the physics of vacuum filtration, the syphon allows for a cleaner, less-bodied taste than French press while retaining the crisp flavors from the coffee. BY IRIS SHAO In today’s Beijing, coffee shops have become as ubiquitous as...

Paradise Island: From Pieces to Peace

BY NITYA AMALEAN It was midnight on March 28th, 2007. The entire city of Colombo was alive with vigor and exuberance. The nation was awake and watching the Cricket World Cup final which was taking place in the West Indies. Sri Lanka versus Australia. Daytime in the Caribbean meant an...