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Cameroon: A land of family, friends and solidarity

January 6, 2010

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Cameroon, Africa. Here’s a little something I wrote up about the experience:

I had no idea what to expect when I traveled to Cameroon last month. I had never been to Africa before, let alone this particular Central West African country.

I just knew things would be different, and that I would learn a lot. I was right.

I saw that many Cameroonians earn a living from selling fruits and vegetables. Because most of them don’t have cars, they must wake up at the crack of dawn to carry the crops from the fields to the market. It’s a colorful and humbling sight to see scores of Cameroonians — children and the elderly alike — balancing heavy baskets of goods on their heads along main roads.

We Americans don’t have it so bad, you realize.

I saw men in the airport going to extreme measures to earn a day’s wage. They accost you upon your arrival, asking if you need help finding your suitcases. You say yes, thinking they are airport employees. As they jet around the baggage claim conveyer belt, trying to match your luggage with a ticket you’ve given them, you realize they are not at all affiliated with the airport. They are just doing what it takes to earn some extra cash, working for tips.

I saw the excitement in a young man’s eyes when he told us he had won the visa lottery to move to the United States. His lips upturned up as he explained this was his third year applying, and that he had finally beat the odds. He wondered if his banking degree would suffice in the United States, with comparable American job candidates. Either way, he had a ticket to opportunity.

I could go on and on about the things I saw and the people I met. (more…)

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Hot apple juice just isn’t the same

December 2, 2009

I was recently pretty surprised  to learn that Starbucks no longer serves hot apple cider, just hot apple juice.  How disappointing. I much prefer the unfiltered and stronger-tasting apple drink.

I must give a shoutout to the Atomic Bean Cafe in Cambridge, however. Not only does it serve hot apple cider, but it also has free wireless Internet for customers.

Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/okibi/4141764726/

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Dedham chefs share Thanksgiving side dish ideas

November 25, 2009

Check out an article I just wrote for the Dedham Transcript. The chefs’ Thanksgiving side dish ideas include cranberries with Scotch, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and chestnut sage stuffing.

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Yeah for kids learning how to make sushi!

October 2, 2009

sushiHere’s an article I recently wrote about a bunch of children learning how to make vegetarian sushi rolls for free at a local grocery store.

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Hello, everyone!

August 30, 2009

meHello, everyone! My name is Christine Laubenstein, and I’m a 28-year-old resident of Watertown, Mass. I’m also a journalist, and an avid lover of food, movies and French culture.

This blog is an opportunity for me to share my insights into these areas of life, and write about other topics that pique my interest.

Enjoy!

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