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A perfect end to a full day of sorting through development theories and  conspiracies. ONE DAY.

"It’s not about
Win or lose
Because we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement

..One day we’ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like
ONE DAY.”

Can I quote this on my paper?

<3 to Matisyahu and Bob Marley

09.14.14 0

I’m so in love with this. Thank you for existing, song.

"Georgia" - Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (2014)

09.13.14 1
Who are we: just a speck of dust within the galaxy.

— "Lost Stars" - Adam Levine of Maroon 5 - V (2014)

09.11.14 2

Maroon 5 will always be one of my favorite pop acts. They get it.

Maroon 5 – “Unkiss Me” - V (2014)

If you respect me
Don’t protect me
You can tell me,
I can handle it
Stop pretending ‘cause we’re going down

If you let go
Then just let go
It’s disrespectful
How you’ve handled this
Never ending, kinda run around

I lied to my heart ‘cause I thought you felt it
You can’t light a fire, if the candle’s melted
No, you don’t have to love me if you don’t wanna
Don’t act like I mean nothing
But if you’re gonna, well, then you better

Unkiss me,
Untouch me
Untake this heart
And I’m missing
Just one thing
A brand new start

Can’t erase this,
Can’t delete this,
I don’t need this,
I can’t handle it
I just feel it that you’re over us

If I wait here,
If I see you
It won’t matter,
What’s the point of this?
We’re in pieces because you’re over us

I lied to my heart ‘cause I thought you felt it
You can’t light a fire, if the candle’s melted
No, you don’t have to love me if you don’t wanna
Don’t act like I mean nothing
But if you’re gonna, well, then you better

Unkiss me,
Untouch me
Untake this heart
And I’m missing
Just one thing
A brand new start
So unkiss me
So unkiss me

So, baby, let go
Gotta let go
It’s disrespectful
I can handle this
Never ending, kinda run around

Unkiss me,
Untouch me
Untake this heart
And I’m missing
Just one thing
A brand new start
So unkiss me
So unkiss me
Unkiss me

09.11.14 0

I want to stop gushing over Vance Joy, but this video is awesome.

Vance Joy - “Mess is Mine” - Dream Your Life Away (2014)

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Do you like walking in the rain?
When you think of love, do you think of pain?
You can tell me what you see,
I will choose what I believe.

Vance Joy - “Mess Is Mine" - Dream Your Life Away (2014)

Can’t wait for this album to be released!

09.07.14 6

I’m not feeling this video, but I’m crazy about the song.

Vance Joy - “Riptide” - Dream Your Life Away (2014)

Love that album name, too.

09.07.14 0

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar in “Never Catch Me.”

Loving this!

09.04.14 2
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

— Albert Einstein

09.03.14 1
Hey! Thanks for pointing out that I missed Indonesia on my list of Peace Corps countries by GDP. I edited the post to add Indonesia to my list :) I checked out your main blog and love your posts about Indonesia. I just started a second blog and interviewing PCVs about food/cooking in their host country (cookinginthecorps on tumblr). If you have time to answer some questions via e-mail, I would love to interview you! Message me back if you are interested. Thanks again!

Asked by graceoverseas

Hey! Thanks for checking out my PC blog. I really like yours too and thanks for including Indonesia in the post. :) I’d love to answer your questions. You can email me a melanie.m.aleman [at] gmail.com.

08.31.14 1
"Posh Corps" By the Numbers

graceoverseas:

I’ve been thinking a lot about “Posh Corps” lately. For those who haven’t heard the phrase before, it’s a dismissive term to categorize Peace Corps service in seemingly more developed countries (particularly Eastern Europe, Thailand, China, and South Africa.). The other volunteers in my area and I have been discussing this a lot recently, as our small province has the highest GDP per capita in Thailand and one of the largest PCV clusters. One new volunteer told us that his co-workers offered to buy him a smart phone, while another told me about how her host family is always worried that she doesn’t earn enough money. My own experience has been a mixed bag: students with iPads studying next to kids with no shoes; neighbors driving swanky, new SUVs on pot-holed roads that haven’t been repaired in years; the new wealth of families who have sold their farmland to foreign companies; a crumbling local infrastructure that hasn’t quite caught up with the influx of money.

While thinking through this, I decided to do some research and put together a list of Peace Corps countries ranked by GDP per capita (according to World  Bank data in 2013). Surprisingly, Thailand doesn’t even crack the top 10. Kazakhstan takes the top position with a GDP per capita of $13,172 USD, while Thailand comes in 19th with a GDP per capita of $5,779 USD. On the other hand, my province Rayong has a Gross Provincial Product per capita of $40,277 USD, or more than 6 times the GDP per capita of Thailand and more than 2.5 times the GDP per capita of Palau. If my province was a country, it would rank 18th highest GDP per capita in the world- above New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and Japan! UNREAL.

Obviously, these statistics don’t paint a full picture of any place. GDP per capita estimates vary greatly depending on the reporting agency and don’t account for income disparity within a population. And while Rayong’s GDP per capita may be comparable to New Zealand, The UK, and Japan, those countries are far, far ahead in terms of education, health, and infrastructure development. Yet, I do think these numbers raise an interesting question: At what point of economic development does Peace Corps no longer belong in a country or region? Do we stay until we are asked to leave? Do we stay until it becomes simply unreasonable to live on a volunteer salary? (I can’t imagine living in the UK on less than $300 a month, but it’s perfectly comfortable for my site.) Personally, while I certainly think Peace Corps still has a place in Thailand, I’m not sure that place is Rayong. 

Click below for a list of Peace Corps countries by GDP per capita

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Really cool post on the GDP of Peace Corps countries although Indonesia has been left out!

08.30.14 4
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.

— Bob Marley - “Redemption Song” - Uprising (1980)

08.20.14 1
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08.19.14 157
What does seventy million years mean to beings who live one-millionth as long? We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

— Carl Sagan, Cosmos pg. 27  (via laughing-treees)

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In happy hours, nature appears to us one with art; art perfected, — the work of genius. And the individual, in whom simple tastes and susceptibility to all the great human influences overpower the accidents of a local and special culture, is the best critic of art. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Art

Essays: First Series (1841)

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