Reflecting after three months

The Watson is a very unique fellowship—there is no required end product. However, fellows do turn in “quarterly reports” to the Watson offices every three months. Although I am not typically one to broadcast my feelings online, I have decided to share my first quarterly report here to give my readers a sense of how… Continue reading Reflecting after three months

Barcelona’s Solidarity Economy Festival, also known as My Happy Place

So far on my Watson, nothing has happened in its planned order. Basque Country came before Barcelona and Barcelona stretched into a two-month stay (sorry Andalucia). However, I recently found myself in exactly the right place at the right time. My last full weekend in Barcelona happened to coincide with the city’s Fira d’Economia Solidària… Continue reading Barcelona’s Solidarity Economy Festival, also known as My Happy Place

“Els carrers seran sempre nostres”

I don’t want to attempt to write the history of Catalonia or summarize Catalan independence politics. Choose your favorite news source and I guarantee they’ll be at least one article explaining the economic and cultural reasoning behind the referendum or the increasingly strange series of events that has taken place over past two weeks. But… Continue reading “Els carrers seran sempre nostres”

GoiEner: Power to the People

Last month, I was able to spend two weeks in San Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque), a beach town that looked and felt surprisingly similar to the northern suburbs of my hometown, San Diego. San Sebastián’s population swells in the summer and the narrow streets of la Parte Vieja are full of tourists and vacationers… Continue reading GoiEner: Power to the People