Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Valbona to Thethi - The Valbona Part


(This is Part II of our Accursed Mountain Summit Trek - check out Part I here.)

Look at these sunshine-y faces we woke up to! Good thing these cuties were there, because they were the only sunshine we saw for the next twelve hours.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Feminism FTW


Oh Emma Watson, I <3 you so much. Thank you for putting this issue into words so eloquently. I've tried (and often failed) to explain the ideas behind feminism as gender neutral; to justify the term "feminism;" and to find a way to call out those who equate feminism with misandry with such grace and poise.

Feminism isn't just about women and girls. It's about people, and acknowledging that for equality, the female half of things needs a boost. But like she says in her video, feminism is also about changing hurtful barriers for males, too. Feminism isn't just about females - it's about making sure that little girls born in Albania or Zimbabwe get the same chance at a successful, fulfilling life as do baby boys born in America or Zambia.


I seriously cannot recommend this speech enough. Hermione would be proud.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Valbona to Thethi - The Getting There Part


This was a summer of epic trips, vaguely mentioned in previous posts. This tale is all about our hike over the Valbona Pass, up in the "Accursed Mountains" of the Albanian Alps. You know, Voldemort's old hangout. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Little Switcharoo on the Blogaroo


...Yes, that was corny. Anyway, as I'm sure you may have noticed, I've switched up the format and style of the blog. One big change? Since checking for new/old posts can be a bit tedious on a continuous scrolling setup, now all you have to do is click the "Read more >>>" in dark green below...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GLOW Corovode, Berat, & Prrenjas


Here are the last of this summer's GLOW posts - that is, before we hold our first national camp next week (!!!).

I was invited down to Corovode to do some hygiene and lady bits lessons. Heather and Alayna had the girls dancing, eating healthy rainbow snacks, and appreciating the outdoors in my favorite little shqiptar town. The girls were a bit younger (10-12) and so I had a few more innocent questions. "Wait. Why doesn't the baby come from the belly button?!"