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The Quirks of Literal Translation


Entschuldigung! I haven’t been keeping up to date here. My past week and a half has been very busy, and combined with limited internet access, I’ve been unable to post.

While I’m working on bringing my blog up to date, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite finds so far.… Read the rest

Operation PortraitPlacer (a farewell present)

Knowing how much my parents would miss me during my time abroad, I took the liberty to leave them a farewell present.

Secret Agent Andrew conducted the highly publicized (via Twitter, Snapchat, etc) mission: Operation PortraitPlacer.

It is worth noting, however, that highly publicized does not mean aware of to Tim and Eve.… Read the rest

Bee Catching

There’s just something about the little things in life. I love macro-photography; I love capturing the little details of our world and saving them as a still picture. Naturally this photographic interest has extended into taking photographs of garden insects as they go about their daily business.… Read the rest

Brand Spankin’ New

As a birthday and graduation present, my parents gifted me a camera to support my growing interest in photography. After researching, we decided that the best camera for my needs was an entry-level DSLR. Looking at a variety of models from both Canon and Nikon (sorry, Pentax, Sony, and friends…), I ended up selecting the Nikon D3200.… Read the rest

YFU National Pre-Departure Orientation

Counting down the days. As of writing this, I’m just 16 days out.

Over the weekend, I attended YFU’s National Pre-Departure Orientation in Chicago with 97 other YFU exchange students. Roughly 50 were headed to Germany, and the remainder were traveling the world over — Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, etc.… Read the rest

1st or 3rd? The Conundrum.

I’m not alone when I say that I have difficulty writing about myself.

Resumes, short autobiographies, and other writings of the like aren’t easy for most. Complaints range from the inability to write anything substantial, to feeling awkward or not wanting to sound conceited.… Read the rest

It’s Alive!

Several days were spent thinking about the contents of this post. This will be the first publication on afparsons.com, and as such I want to take the time and make sure that these few short lines rival the work of the big boys — Thoreau, Twain, Shakespeare, and the like.… Read the rest