So it goes.

Nov 11
These are so great!

fairytalesfor20somethings:

10 excerpted fairy tales from Alice in Tumblr-land and an intro from me are up at The Huffington Post!

Jul 06
The students are finishing up with their photo-essays! Photos are being printed, framed, and distributed for showcasing to interested parties in Kigali and Musanze. If you know of a business (anywhere in the world) that would like to spread the word about this project and deaf issues, please contact me. To purchase prints (all donations go to the Deaf Center), please e-mail me at tatianayr@gmail.com The entire collection of photo essays can be seen at http://dcrwanda.tumblr.com/

dcrwanda:

This photo essay was created by Therese N. and Hilorie K.

Jul 04

Younger students at the Deaf Center. These beauties aren’t participating in our photo essay project, but the there for hugs and games every day! For more information about the Deaf Center, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/fairchildrenrwanda/fcyf-deaf-children-center

Jul 04

We’re working on a photoessay project with students from the Deaf Center. Here are some of the kiddos in action. :)

Jul 04
I’m in Rwanda for three weeks, and it is full of happy!
Check out mlhrwanda.tumblr.com for more pictures of our work at the Deaf Center in Musanze, northern Rwanda.

I’m in Rwanda for three weeks, and it is full of happy!
Check out mlhrwanda.tumblr.com for more pictures of our work at the Deaf Center in Musanze, northern Rwanda.

Oct 13

Currently

As I previously promised an update on what I’m currently doing, here it be.

This year, I am happy to say that I am back in the classroom as a full-time (by the Bulgarian definition of the word) teacher! I am teaching English and a foreign language in a Bulgarian foreign language high school. I am teaching 10th, 11th, and 12th grades - two classes of each.

So far, I have to say, teaching has been really awesome. It is challenging and difficult and kicks your ass regularly, but it is also fulfilling and hilarious and rewarding. It’s the best kind of challenge. I feel pretty great about being back in the classroom!

Additionally, Bulgaria is a dope place to be. I wanted to come to Bulgaria, because it has quite interesting (and progressive) education policies on the books. (Practices are an altogether different topic.) I also really wanted to explore a post-totalitarian country. I am intrigued by how post-communist policies here compare to Russia and to other EU countries. My main interest lies in what education rights are provided to minorities, both linguistic and cultural. I am happy that I have some time to devote to research projects to explore some of these themes here.

Here’s to a great year!

Oct 11
Inequality in US metro areas compared to other countries in the world.  Click through to read the whole article.  Fascinating and heartbreaking!

Inequality in US metro areas compared to other countries in the world. Click through to read the whole article. Fascinating and heartbreaking!

Sep 25
Hmm…the cheapest beer in work hours is in America?  Wouldn’t have guessed it…  (Also, where in America and are we talking about Bud Light?  ‘Cause, then, thanks, but no thanks…)

Source: The Economist

Hmm…the cheapest beer in work hours is in America? Wouldn’t have guessed it… (Also, where in America and are we talking about Bud Light? ‘Cause, then, thanks, but no thanks…)

Source: The Economist

Sep 25

I live in Bulgaria now!

Yoh! I know I haven’t had a substantial personal post/update in a while, but fun fact: I live in Bulgaria! And you should send me presents/postcards to my new address! The address is here:

BULGARIA
2300 Pernik
Татяна Ростовцева
Ул. Св. Св. Кирил и Методий
Блок 12, Апартамент 11
2300 Перник
България

Or

Tatiana Rostovtseva
Ul. Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodij
Blok 12, Apartament 11
2300 Pernik
BULGARIA


I’ll give you a rundown of this year’s expected adventures soon!

Sep 24
Neat infographic, although I’m a little appalled at the use of “Chinese” instead of what I assume is supposed to be Mandarin.

Neat infographic, although I’m a little appalled at the use of “Chinese” instead of what I assume is supposed to be Mandarin.

Aug 25
afrographique:

An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.

afrographique:

An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.

Jun 23
So awesome.

seawitchery:

I started out clicking strategically… and by the end was just wildly clicking and dancing in my chair.

biancavirina:

CLICK THE SQUARES.

THE WHOLE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS.

THIS THIS THIS THIS!

Jun 02
I have always wanted to take a picture of one of these in Kigali, but never got the chance.  Thanks to a friend who is now there, I can share it.  
The billboard says something to the effect of “Say no to Sugar Daddies”.  There are other ones for Sugar Mamas, as well (where the sexes are reversed).  Economists have shown that these ad campaigns are very successful at reducing the rate of HIV prevalence.  (They have been more successful, then, say passing out condoms, when counted dollar-for-dollar.)  These ads encourage young adults to not have sex with older men or women.  Young adults have much lower prevalence rates than the older population, thus the risks of being infected are much lower in young adult-young adult coupling.  These anti-Sugar-Mama/Daddy campaigns are all over Kigali and Rwanda.


meganchiou
I have always wanted to take a picture of one of these in Kigali, but never got the chance. Thanks to a friend who is now there, I can share it. The billboard says something to the effect of “Say no to Sugar Daddies”. There are other ones for Sugar Mamas, as well (where the sexes are reversed). Economists have shown that these ad campaigns are very successful at reducing the rate of HIV prevalence. (They have been more successful, then, say passing out condoms, when counted dollar-for-dollar.) These ads encourage young adults to not have sex with older men or women. Young adults have much lower prevalence rates than the older population, thus the risks of being infected are much lower in young adult-young adult coupling. These anti-Sugar-Mama/Daddy campaigns are all over Kigali and Rwanda.

meganchiou

May 03

quote There is no shame in preferring happiness.

— Albert Camus
May 03

quote Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King Jr. (via thelifeinrose)