Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Peripatetic Mzungu On the Hunt for Drugs in Uganda

Brief recap of what I did this summer. 16 June: MS1 ended (whoo) 17 June – 21 June: kicked it in Santa Barbara, LA, and Big Bear, where I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain to train for Mt. Kilimanjaro 22 June: flew from LAX à Amsterdam à Kilimanjaro 23 June – July 3: climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with … Continue reading Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Peripatetic Mzungu On the Hunt for Drugs in Uganda

Las Aventuras al Aire Libre (I promise I am here to do research too…)

Part 1: La Selva Amazonica I last signed off before taking a trip to La Selva Amazonica (Amazonian Jungle) with my Child Family Health International (CFHI) friends. One of our two guides is a Spanish teacher for the CFHI program and invited me to join the group on this journey to the Amazonian jungle. We … Continue reading Las Aventuras al Aire Libre (I promise I am here to do research too…)

Uganda, the first of hopefully many visits.

With four weeks down and four to go, I can confidently say I love this country. After a 33 hour trip, I landed in Uganda for the first time. While Kampala is one of the most crowded and busy cities I’ve ever seen and there seems to be a frightening lack of enforced traffic laws, … Continue reading Uganda, the first of hopefully many visits.

Pescado, Pinturas, and Post-Colonial Decay in Distrito Barranco

I came to Barranco on a Sunday morning to solve my ceviche problem. The problem had been that in Peru, ceviche is only eaten in the first half of the day, to minimize the hours between catch and consumption, and my workplace in Lima was not near enough any well-reviewed ceviche restaurant for me get … Continue reading Pescado, Pinturas, and Post-Colonial Decay in Distrito Barranco

First Impressions

First impressions, gut instincts, and intuition are interesting things. We are taught, whether blatantly or subconsciously, to trust these feelings—It’s necessary. They help make rapid decision-making possible. The ER doctor in the middle of running a code, the police officer responding to a call, the solo female traveler walking down an unknown street, they all … Continue reading First Impressions

Mt. Kilimanjaro: You are doing good, you are doing great

I was beyond excited to find out that I would be spending the summer of 2017 in Uganda conducting field research on malaria. I was originally inspired to pursue medicine by the example and ideas of Dr. Paul Farmer, who has spent his career working in low-resource settings and advocating for a preferential option for … Continue reading Mt. Kilimanjaro: You are doing good, you are doing great

Las primeras Aventuras en Ecuador de Li-Li

I have officially been in Ecuador for 1 week and 1 day! It has been quite the adventure thus far. I arrived after midnight and thus stayed in a hotel in Quito my first night. I met my coworkers and host family the next day. I could not be any luckier; my host family is … Continue reading Las primeras Aventuras en Ecuador de Li-Li

Nutrition and nature around Santiago, Chile

Living in Santiago and hanging out at the University of Chile, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology over the last two months has been dope!  After working with Dr. Sheila Gahagan at UC San Diego Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health, and corresponding with Dr. Raquel Burrows and Dr. Paulina Correa through email, I was … Continue reading Nutrition and nature around Santiago, Chile

Eating my way through Chile, one empanada at a time

Since I am working at the Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos, it is only fitting that I post about some of Chile’s culinary delights. Be warned that there is a non-zero risk of comer sin hambre after seeing some of these pictures. Seafood galore: some of my favorite seafood dishes include merluza … Continue reading Eating my way through Chile, one empanada at a time