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Another year! Did you think we'd make it? - Transience Divine
January 7th, 2009
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Another year! Did you think we'd make it?
I'm now in Salvador, the Afro-Brazilian capital of Brazil, after a few wonderful days at the 14,000 soul rave festival Universo Parallelo, after a few harrowing days of trying to get there. With the new year, every resident of Bahia wanted to drain the same ATMs and take the same ferries as me, and I don't want to dwell on the life lost standing in all those lines.

Universo Parallelo was incredible. Endless dancing, creative music, zany art, good beach and sun. And it's a lot more new-agey than I expected, with people meditating on the beach, energy workshops, and lots of tasty veggie food spots. If it's no Burning Man (I can't get anyone here to have a decent intellectual discussion, :(), it's far more than the overgrown child of the Brazilian rave scene.

Last night, I registered for the GRE, which I take in two days. I'm going to apply to Oxford for a masters in Developmental Studies. Wish me luck!

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From:veryhappykayla
Date:January 7th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I have a wonderful friend from high school who completed her master's in development studies at Oxford last year... want me to put you guys in touch? :)
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From:jrising
Date:January 8th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
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That would actually be incredible! I'm going to get in touch with some profs there real-soon-now, but getting the perspective of someone who's gone through the program would be really helpful.
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From:residualentropy
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Developmental studies sounds perfect for you.
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From:jrising
Date:January 8th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, thanks! It sounds really wonderful, and Oxford's program seems particularly exciting.
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From:honeyartichoke
Date:January 9th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Good luck!
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