Welcome! I’m Katarina Makmuri. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which nurtured an intense love of food, fitness, and the environment. But despite how much I’ve loved (loved) living here, wanderlust took over and I spent my last year at UC Berkeley traveling. Here’s my basic itinerary:
Aug ’12 – Dec ’12 | Africa | I studied language, culture, and public health in Dakar, Senegal with CIEE’s Language and Culture program, and did some technology consulting with a private health clinic. I chose Senegal because I wanted to make use of my French but also wanted to reach as far from my comfort zone as I dared, and I did: I battled a worm in my foot, hesitated over the “right thing” in the face of child beggars, and escaped from a riot… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg (you can ask me in person for the really disturbing experiences). But I was also able to find peace (and, erm, pastries), not to mention be smacked in the face by my ignorant expectations of “sub-Saharan Africa.” I also traveled outside of Dakar around rural Senegal. These are just a few of my experiences: you can start reading from the beginning here.
Dec ’12 – Feb ’13 | Europe | I flew from Dakar to Lyon, France and backpacked around France, Italy, and Spain (and Monaco and Vatican City) for 8 weeks, one of which was spent teaching immersion English to businesspeople in Salamanca, Spain.
Feb ’13 – Sept ’13 | Asia | From Paris, I flew into Shanghai, China to study International Business & Marketing at Fudan University (复旦大学). On my way back, I stayed in Taiwan for a month and had a thrilling 10-hour layover in the Philippines.
I am aware that this wordpress theme is annoying because the content boxes are too narrow, and the bloglist truncates posts. I would mess with the CSS but that costs money. To read through all of my posts chronologically, you can click the blue links with arrows at the bottom of posts.
Finally, I love comments! I read all of them and they make me motivated to keep blogging. Ask me questions, tell me what you think was cool/surprising/amazing. I’ve probably already stalked you more than you’ve stalked me, so don’t be shy! :)
Finally finally: why “albatrossic?” While arctic terns have the longest-distance migration, albatrosses circle the earth, just like I did 2012-2013. Though in retrospect, “arcticternic” is catchier. Hmmm.