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peacecorps:

Highlights from the Peace Corps contingent at the 2014 Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 7

:-)

planetmoney:

5 years after the recession, are home prices still cheap? It’s hard to know simply by looking at prices alone. 
Here’s another way to look at it: compare home prices to income.
Where have home prices diverged from income?
In cities like San Francisco. Where houses sell for over five times family income. 
http://n.pr/1pf8z9D

Nope.

planetmoney:

5 years after the recession, are home prices still cheap? It’s hard to know simply by looking at prices alone. 

Here’s another way to look at it: compare home prices to income.

Where have home prices diverged from income?

In cities like San Francisco. Where houses sell for over five times family income. 

http://n.pr/1pf8z9D

Nope.

planetmoney:

Clever graphic from the Awl.  From what little I know about sports, this is probably the only time American University will end up on top of this bracket. But it’s unclear what these headline numbers actually mean. For more on sticker price vs. net price, take a look at our podcast "The Real Price Of College".

planetmoney:

Clever graphic from the Awl.  From what little I know about sports, this is probably the only time American University will end up on top of this bracket. But it’s unclear what these headline numbers actually mean. For more on sticker price vs. net price, take a look at our podcast "The Real Price Of College".

peacecorps:

Today we announced the 2014 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities! Did your school make the list? 

Nope :(

peacecorps:

Today we announced the 2014 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

Did your school make the list? 

Nope :(

At my going away party with JuanCarlos, Priscilla, and their daughter Itzelth. Priscilla is my host mom’s cousin’s daughter-but in Latin America family is family. They lived next door to us, so I saw them at least once a day, and would play with Itzelth, or let her sit on my lap and draw, or desperately try to get her to put away the things she would pick up and put around the house-as 1.5 year olds are wont to do.  

At my going away party with JuanCarlos, Priscilla, and their daughter Itzelth. Priscilla is my host mom’s cousin’s daughter-but in Latin America family is family. They lived next door to us, so I saw them at least once a day, and would play with Itzelth, or let her sit on my lap and draw, or desperately try to get her to put away the things she would pick up and put around the house-as 1.5 year olds are wont to do.  

One of the best moments in my last few weeks was a going away party that my host mom and I organized on the last night I was with them, when Petey and I stopped there in between Sarapiquí and Cahuita. Here I am with my host mom and dad, after just a few beers/shots of guaro…

One of the best moments in my last few weeks was a going away party that my host mom and I organized on the last night I was with them, when Petey and I stopped there in between Sarapiquí and Cahuita. Here I am with my host mom and dad, after just a few beers/shots of guaro…

Me on a trail in Cahuita National Park, the last national park I visited during my time in Costa Rica, and one of my favorite spots in the whole country. 

Me on a trail in Cahuita National Park, the last national park I visited during my time in Costa Rica, and one of my favorite spots in the whole country. 

One of the things that I had been wanting to do for a long, long time was go on a chocolate tour. My brother and I went on one near Hone Creek in Talamanca, Limón. It’s run by an indigenous family that makes chocolate and a variety of other products all from plants they grow on their property. Here are some photos of cacao on the tree, a fresh cacao opened up, and some cacao that’s been dried, cooked, and ground. 

Petey and I on the last day of his trip to see me. There were some challenges and unexpected problems, but I think for his first trip outside the US, it was a good one. 

Petey and I on the last day of his trip to see me. There were some challenges and unexpected problems, but I think for his first trip outside the US, it was a good one. 

Cahuita was the last place my brother and I visited, and we had an awesome morning hike along the trail out to Punta Cahuita (the point at the tip of the tiny peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean Sea). 

Me in front of the school’s shield and with Nelly, the sixth grade teacher who helped me lots with the spelling bee and was a frequent partner for deep and enriching conversations. 

On our way from the coffee tour to my host family’s house, we had a chance to stop by my old site and visit my old host family’s house. My host brother, Bryan, and sister, Fany, were both able to meet my real brother and I was able to give him a tour of the place I lived for over a year. 

On our way from the coffee tour to my host family’s house, we had a chance to stop by my old site and visit my old host family’s house. My host brother, Bryan, and sister, Fany, were both able to meet my real brother and I was able to give him a tour of the place I lived for over a year. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

Here’s a few pics of the awesome coffee tour that my brother and I went on in San Miguel, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. The place is called Mi Cafecito and it was a great tour with an amazing lunch. 

A view of the Costa Rican countryside as we made our way from La Fortuna to San Miguel de Sarapiquí. 

A view of the Costa Rican countryside as we made our way from La Fortuna to San Miguel de Sarapiquí.