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  • After traveling to India, Senegal, Argentina, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique I have come back to the United States with many things. Some tangible‚Ķ paintings from Sam, a Tanzanian artist that I got to know well in South Africa, a Malawian chair I traded a man named Mishek for with some clothes and cash, a Hindu book given as a gift from the workers at Oriental Residency, the hostel I stayed in in Ahmedabad., photos and videos specifically taken of family members of a refugee family that I work with in Providence, speaking Wolof to Senegalese taxi drivers here in Providence, journals and blogs among other things.
    The thing that I value most however are the intangibles.
    A new perspective on life and learning new lessons such as
    follow the music
    travel off the beaten path
    Use public transportation
    Ask questions
    Never get too comfortable
    Let your tastebuds explore
    Sports and dance are universal ice breakers.
    It is the intangible lessons that have allowed me to enjoy and appreciate the place that I am in. I continually remind myself of these lessons and when I follow them they always pay off.
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