Currently: Off to Southern Spain & Morocco

February 28, 2020

As I write this, I am sitting at an Amtrak station about to board a train to go to the airport, where my mom and I are departing for southern Spain. For months we had been planning a trip over my spring break to Rome and southern Italy. Due to the sudden outbreak of the coronavirus, however, at the very last minute (literally the day of our flight) we changed our plans. 

While my mom and I were very upset about canceling a trip that we had been looking forward to for many months, and of course feel terrible for all of the Italians and other travelers in Europe whose lives have been severely disrupted by the sudden outbreak, we are also very excited to embark on our new journey. One of the aspects of the trip we are most looking forward to is taking a ferry from the southern most point of Spain to the city of Tangier in Morocco, a country we have longed to travel to because of the rich culture of its inhabitants, beautiful terrain and vibrant cities, and colorful goods and variety of spices sold at outdoor bazaars.

With the abundance of free time provided by a three hour Amtrak ride to the airport and a seven hour flight to Madrid (thought the flight is at night), I will be reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. I first learned of Adichie in my ninth grade English class when we watched her Ted Talk entitled The Danger of a Single Story. Her speech was informative, enlightening, and inspiring.

I am now about one hundred and fifty pages into Half of a Yellow Sun, and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. In the future, I hope to read her essay entitled We Should All Be Feminists as well as her novel Americanah.