Culture

What my move to Colorado has taught me about water

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Water is a huge issue in Colorado and the Western states. Over the last month, I’ve taken a free online course from Colorado University in Boulder (via Coursera) to learn a little more about the environment I now live in. For my capstone project, I opted to write a blog post detailing what I know and have learned and how my knowledge has shaped certain aspects of my lifestyle. There’s a lot more to it than I’ve included in this lengthy blurb, but hopefully my words inspire others to learn more about water issues and even make changes themselves.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my views on water (it’s definitely becoming a high interest of mine).

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12 weeks to Português: Falling in love with my tutor

If you’ve placed bets against me in my 12-week quest to learn Portuguese, the odds are looking in your favor.

I admit, I am well off track in my language learning journey. Between my work schedule, personal life and planning for Brazil — not to mention my bingeing on Gilmore Girls — I’ve let my Portuguese practices fall between the cracks.

So in an effort remedy my laziness and tendencies to get distracted, and to put my knowledge to the test, I enrolled in a live tutoring session with a native speaker earlier this afternoon. I thought about canceling at the last minute (again, blame it on my laziness), but I decided I might as well get the most out of my money and if something were to go terribly wrong, I’m sure you guys would want to hear all about it.

Spoiler alert: nothing bad happened. I didn’t throw up, forget everything I learned, or sound too American (at least, I don’t think I did).
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Q&A: Clayton in Kenya

I’ve decided to try something different this week that I hope you all will enjoy.

A Block Abroad is a travel, adventure and cultural experience blog. Through this blog, I hope to encourage others — and myself — to seek out and experience life outside of your comfort zone. Even though a majority of the blog will contain my journeys and thoughts about traveling, I think another way to encourage an adventurous lifestyle is to hear stories and experiences from others every once in awhile.

My brother Clayton Block recently traveled to East Africa on a mission trip. And being the kind of person who wants to know every little detail about someone else’s experiences, I asked him to be the guinea pig for this segment of my blog.

So here we go. A Q&A with my brother on his time in Africa.

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12 weeks to Português: Week Um

In preparation for my Brazilian Spring Break, I’ve decided to make an effort and learn Brazilian Portuguese.

I’ve been told that English isn’t spoken widely throughout the developing country, even in the more populated areas like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Whether or not that’s true, and while I can probably survive a week with English alone, I actually enjoy languages and think understanding Portuguese (even a little bit) would enhance my experience and time there. Besides, why should I travel to another country and expect them to speak my language?

My teacher for the next 12 weeks or so is Ms. Rosetta Stone (I’m assuming the feminine because Rosetta sounds like an old Latin American woman’s name). I don’t plan on documenting every week but I do want to give periodic updates to keep myself accountable and you all entertained.

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Let’s see how well this goes…

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