I’m in 2nd year and this semester, the core module helps us to start our thesis. So for the next week, I already have to hand in an annotated bibliography of ten readings that might be useful for my topic. I thought about my topic for three months now, and finally starting to read on it simply blew my mind. I feel an overall joy, a sense of fulfilment because I get to find all these amazing things on a topic that makes me so happy. My topic is on food culture and material culture and this summer I will do fieldwork in Romania. I am so excited when I read and take notes that I sometimes feel my chest is vibrating.
February 2020 // I’m doing an anthro module called Povery&Development and it gives me so many answers to questions I had all the time growing up. Questions around page these little observations and questions that I am so carried away by. What makes it funny is that all my colleagues complain of how boring this module is and they constantly doze off. School is amazing because it exposes us to things that make us click. That help people discover that they are into horses, death, Papua New Guinea, or wood. It’s a magical quest.
Crossing the unknown in a hot June afternoon.
Summer is one storm away.
13.02.20 I never liked anything that I studied as much as Material Culture.
The fresh sem as work in progress in my bullet journal.
It takes a lot of time to draw it even in this, not so-pleasing minimalist aesthetic style so I don’t even dream on doing it nicer. But at the end of the day, it changed how I do things, how I envision them and get them done. And that’s the point for me.
These were my essentials in the first semester. I had a lot of readings and used my iPad to write more than I ever did in my entire life while I drank gallons of water. Tomorrow is the first day of the 2nd semester and I hope you’ll have an amazing time and that through your learning you’ll discover more of the truly incredible person that you are. Stay kind and always daydream.
Wicklow mountains, Ireland.
Reading in a corner of a house that is further enough from other people to give you space and silence to dive into the story, but close enough to them to hear laughs and conversations going. It makes you the resident of two worlds that merge into one. Is a feeling of deep connection and belonging that can’t be explained in the dualistic manner of alone/in company or online/offline. I had it since childhood and is particularly powerful, during holidays when diving in deep conversations is followed by time solitary. Time to catch up with the people that I love but also with what I love to read, but didn’t get the chance during the semester and exam session. Is the feeling kids have when they play while their parents enjoy time together. By simply being there, hearing them talking and laughing, their play takes place under a magical tent of closeness that feels warm and safe and forever.
This exam session wrecked me. Emotionally and physically. Three weeks of essays and exams and apart from one day, I spent it all at the library. I don’t have aesthetic photos, the library furniture too ugly for that. I was so tired that after I submitted my last essay I felt empty and went home and cried. Still, learnt so much and am so proud of making it because all my childhood and young adult years were told that I’m not good at studying. Now seeing how much I can invest myself in researching and how knowledge changed my world and my thinking, I wonder how many other things I might be able to do?
Married woman ritual costume from Romania. The level of embroidery is just astonishing. A beauty. Brasov Ethnographic Museum.
a lazy day in a budapest hotel and just enjoying the perks of being from eastern europe. currently on a weekend with our family, trying to soak in as many brilliant essays as i can before the study period.
tuesday 3 december
today i wrote my reflection paper on the communist manifesto and explained why marx&engels cherish caputalism in the beginning of the manifesto. the more time passes and i learn about marx, the more it grows into my way of thinking, even if he was always one of my favorite thinkers. this year we studied him in three modules so i have fresh perspectives on his work.
i also did the reading for linguistic anthro and it eas so interesting and illuminating! now i’m on my way to catch a flight to london. i want to see the british museum exhibition on troy. can’t wait!