Wanderlust Wendy

Musings

Hints from Life

Today was one of those days where inspiration was flowing in the air. Hints of positivity were everywhere, letting me know that all will be okay. In a time of transition, faced with the great unknown, one of these days is precious. I had a wonderful time catching up with a Columbia SIPA love over lunch. One of the greatest things about SIPA is its people. Now that we have … Read more

Live Every day as if You Are Moving Away

Live every day as if you are moving away. I dislike the common saying of “Live everyday as if it were your last.” Why so morbid? Moving away forces the same level of appreciation on the present, and less all-or-nothing. I always find that I truly appreciate any place that I live in during the final months and weeks before I am to move away. The big girl job that … Read more

The American Education

A friend of mine posted something about The Lottery on Facebook last night. It’s a documentary about charter schools in Harlem, a neighborhood just a few blocks from where I currently live. I’ve heard things about schools in Harlem, but to be honest, I didn’t know much more beyond that it’s typical of many inner-city schools in America. I took a break from exam studying and watched this movie. Though … Read more

My Battle Hymn with Tiger Mom

me and my tiger mom

During my French Riviera vacation, I polished off Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. I first heard about this book from Amy’s WSJ article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” and literally laughed out loud while alone in my dorm room. I told myself the day after exams were over, I’d indulge in this book. I finished the book in just a few days, in between eating gelato … Read more

To Mama With Love

brooklyn bridge, new york city

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world, and most of all to my own mama. I have neglected this blog as I prepare for my exams, in an attempt to not fail my classes. There is much that I want to write about: my trip to Bologna, to Ibiza, and a variety of of other things, but all will need to wait until I emerge from exams … Read more

Home for the Holidays!

St. Louis Winter

There’s no place like home for the holiday. I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan for me. Words of these classic Christmas tunes have never applied more for me this year. After two wonderful holiday seasons in the Peace Corps, it is nice to finally be with my family for the holidays. If you haven’t been living in a box, you probably have read all the weather misfortune that’s … Read more

Happy Turkey Day

Yet another Thanksgiving away from home, but fortunately, it seems that no matter where I am, I am always in good company for this holiday. Last year, I celebrated with my Peace Corps family. If you didn’t know this about the Peace Corps, volunteers in the field can cook up some serious holiday meals. In fact, my thanksgiving dinner last year was 100 times more traditional than what I had … Read more

Then and Now

Two days ago, I returned from a nearly a month-long voyage to Canada then a grand tour of the East Coast visiting friends in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. The wonderful thing about being a wanderlust is that you end up with great friends literally all over the world. There is something about being together in a foreign place, and having that exotic, foreign experience that really bonds … Read more

au village no more

saint louis university

I’m currently on the road of my East Coast whirlwind tour and found a little time to update the progress of my reverse culture shock. I find that it didn’t take me long to ease right back into the modern life, though there are still moments that take me back to Cameroon. I returned straight to Saint Louis where my parents reside and spent the initial two weeks of my … Read more