Archive | May 2014

So another day in the life. Today actually began in a really great way. I walked to the central market in Merida today to see what went on down in that area of the city. Both I and a friend wandered through a few sections of craft stalls and fabric vendors before a man stopped us and mapped out the food market for us. This also was conveniently after I had stopped to try a lichi fruit from a vendor nearby – which was incredibly delicious I might add. So… the market – it was incredible. The market itself takes up 4 blocks and includes everything from textiles to spices to fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry. There were soo many people packed into this center – it was amazing. Inside the market itself – you can only see people and their wares in every direction. The place is really reminiscent of what I would consider a middle eastern market to look like. It has that classic look of age, experience, and the unknown. Pictures to come, and although I did not buy anything today. Most assured I will be returning to get a bunch of great pieces for the family and food for my time here. For now adios! 

Friends near and far away

Friends… what would we do without them? I had the good fortune of having such a welcoming family here for me while in transition. Im on my way to Merida Mexico and I had to make a pitstop here in Washington DC. 

This trip really has begun to solidify the presence of a lot of people within my life. You know, we have these friends that just immediately feel as though they are a part of your family. I have really enjoyed my time catching up here before taking this next step.

So a quick note about flying – before I head off a snoozing. Yes, this is my first traveling experience involving air travel, and I found it kinda sad. Airports have become a place of impersonality. Not to sound overly condescending but the fact that people cannot look each other in eye to just smile. For those of you who are out there taking the initiative to be happy no matter the situation, good for you. Smiling makes everything better… most of the time 🙂 

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” 
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

Sustainability in Higher Education

Sustainability in Higher Education

A really fantastic group that has been making sustainability work within their community for a sizable amount of time! 

One more day

Hello World!

 

This is yet another first-time storyteller coming to the world! Where to begin. My travels begin tomorrow… finally. But first… a little background. My name is Tristan, I am a nursing student earning my bachelor’s degree one step at a time in a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. Where the science and theory of nursing is the base for my studies, my true love and inspiration comes from the field of sustainability. In particular, and especially as a nurse, I am an advocate for social sustainability or lasting change among the structure and function of our society. This work has taken me into the community food pantries, soup kitchens, free primary care clinics and many other social service organizations within my area. Through the length of my career I have my sight set on creating a connection between various communities across the globe with each other through the explanation of how these groups are not that different. So now we have international connections related directly to social/cultural sustainability as it applies within the Nurisng perspective… but it gets better. I have begun work on a social network model that would be able to function within any situation. Although developed here in the states I will be working some of the aspects of the design with the people of Merida, Mexico beginning within the next couple days. So there we go –  my true professional aspirations and work. But why do I really want to do these things?

Im sure a lot of people can relate with that statement. Why? What motivates us to get up everyday and keep pushing on? Well… for me – I dont see it as “pushing on” and I strive to better not only myself through my actions, but also the lives of those around me. My love centers in the people of the earth, and as “grassy/crunchy” as it sounds – its true. I am constantly fascinated by the cultural, social, environmental, and economic aspects of the world most especially as they apply to the human race. The idea, in the end, is that all of these “corners of sustainability” lead back to humanity. Hence, my work takes precedence in recognizing the needs and wants of the general social environment to better create a location of progressive change from the ground up.

So my adventures start tomorrow, and with all of my schpeil I will continue to explore the places and people of the world that I encounter. This is just one inexperienced voice, but I hope to paint an accurate picture of all of these places and more. For now – Stayed tuned and keep smiling!

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss