It’s Monday morning at UNESCO and the building is buzzing with energy. In addition to being the International Year of Indigenous Languages (which has primarily been my area of focus since arriving), according to the United Nations, it is also the International Year of the Periodic Table. The launch of both are happening today here … Continue reading The 150th anniversary of the periodic table & an international dance battle
I am getting used to Paris. Don’t get me wrong, I still snap a picture almost every time I see the Eiffel Tower, and wander around my neighborhood in the evenings just to listen. The magic is not lost on me. But as I type this letter to you on the French keyboard in my … Continue reading Mastering the French keyboard
I decided to apply to work in Paris on a whim, the same way I’ve made most of my best decisions. I was made aware of the application on a Thursday afternoon in October. Twenty minutes later I called my parents to tell them I’d decided to apply, and submitted my application on Monday morning. … Continue reading January blue skies
I’m writing to you from my desk at UNESCO in between assignments, late into my first week of work. I’m exhausted in the best way! This first week of work has been full of introductions and tours and technical problems and awkward laughs after cultural miscommunications. I’m learning every minute. My placement is in UNESCO’s … Continue reading My first week at UNESCO
Meeting Margot has been one of my favorite things that has happened to me in since moving to Paris. I was exploring the Palais de Tokyo spiderweb exhibit just a few days after I arrived, wandering quietly through the big museum, when I found her dancing in front of this screen. I just stopped and … Continue reading Video: Meeting Margot
I have been living in Paris for a little more than one week and I love it so far. I’ve been writing pages and pages in my journal each night and it occurred to me that some of you (my mom, at least) would like to know more about my life here! So I’ve decided … Continue reading Getting settled in Paris: The apartment I found on Facebook is not a scam!
On New Years Eve of last year I was sitting on the couch with my family, scrolling through Instagram while waiting for the ball to drop when I saw an ad for the 1SecondEveryday app. I had heard of it before, but never thought of doing it for myself. But this time I thought, "Why … Continue reading Video: 2018 1SecondEveryday
In early December I took my last trip to Portland before leaving for Paris. I squeezed in little goodbyes with some of my best friends and went to some of my favorite places. I do not own this song!! It is Under the Same Sun by Ben Howard.
Moving to Eugene for graduate school was an exciting leap after finishing up my bachelors in Portland. I was ready for a change of pace (although I totally didn't realize how much I would end up missing Portland), and it meant I got to live in the same city as my best friend for the … Continue reading Video: Dancing on Potter Street
My name is Olivia Sanchez, and I am a senior at the University of Portland. I have been a student-athlete on The Bluff for three years, and in less than three weeks, I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Last night, Sunday, April 15, I had the most disturbing experience of my time … Continue reading Opinion: Why I felt trapped by violent misogyny at the Wally Awards