Updated: About Me

When I started this blog, I thought it was a good idea to start with a few things about me. Lacking creativity I subsumed my existence into 10 bullet points. Later in my PC experience I wrote a post about my current status. Interested in the transformation of my self identification, I want to continue these ‘about me’ posts. This reflection and intrigue all began with an identity map experience we did earlier in PST.  So here goes more bullet points:
1.) Doubly-adopted son of Two Peruvian Families: My host-family here in Lima is so kind. I am comfortable with them and can be my normal self (muy gracioso). My family in Matacoto is learning quickly. They are patient with me, and have already taken me in as a son.

2.) Newly Carnivorous: I told myself that I would slowly introduce meat before I came to Peru. That sure didn’t happen. I was great for a week, and desperately ill for two. Now I finally feel healthy. When I eat meat, I look down and see fuel; energy that I need to be a successful volunteer. I thank the animal and am grateful to my family for feeding me.

3.) Reignited Soccer Player: Soccer has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. However, my actual playing of the sport has dwindled over the years. I am grateful to my host brother Anthony in Lima for bringing his gringo brother to the adult matches on Friday nights. Soccer has also helped me integrate in Matacoto, and will continue to serve as a language without words.

4.) Rock Climber: My passion for rock climbing has done nothing but grow over the past 3 years. I consider it a crucial part of my identity. Unfortunately, I have not been able to climb very much while I’ve been here. Since I can’t climb I’ve been training. I was stoked to get one day at a gym in Lima and one day outside in Huaraz. I even found a crag near where I live in Lima and will be climbing there next weekend. Rock climbing, like soccer, has allowed me to meet new people and communicate through a common passion to touch rocks.

5.) Spanish Speaker: My Spanish grows everyday. I had a rough patch with my language acquisition during site exploration, but I am feeling confident again. I feel comfortable expressing myself (in some topics more than others), exploring by myself, and talking with youth. Despite my confidence with my growing Spanish skills, I remain humble. I know that to know is to know nothing at all. I prefer to listen and observe and will continue to do so more than speak. After all I have two ears and one mouth.


I feel loved today. Grateful for this experience. Excited for the future.

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About Me

When I think about trying to describe myself to other people, I feel as if making a list would be the easiest option. Then again, subsuming my entirety into a single list is kind of sad. However, for the purposes of this blog, I am going to do it anyway.

If you feel as if this list cannot possibly do me justice (I hope?!) then feel free to reach out and get to know me better. Alright, here it goes:

1.) Currently living in the heartland of Illinois, surrounded by soy beans and corn fields.

2.) Originally from Pasadena, CA. However my heart resides in Colorado (sorry mom).

3.) Emphatically in love with skiing, soccer, rock climbing, cycling and most other high-speed, dangerous activities.

4.) Academically interested in: environmental sociology, food, agriculture, Peru, biopolitics, risk sociology, indigeneity….the list goes on.

5.) Vegan, except for pizza.

6.) Word play and poetry are intellectual hobbies of mine and part of the inspiration behind this blog.

7.) Practicer of slow flow, yin style, restorative yoga and meditation.

8.) My next adventure will be as a Youth Development Facilitator for Peace Corps, Peru. Departure is set for August 15th, 2017.

9.) YMCA ‘lifer’ and youth programming guru.

10.) Grateful son of Big Ted and Suzanne.; if you don’t know them, get to know them. Also little brother to Danielle, even though I’m bigger.