Vegetables That Can Kill: the Produce Culture of the Dominican Republic

Okay, maybe not exactly KILL but could still send you to the hospital from gastrointestinal issues. At the very least they can keep you on the toilet for a MEMORABLE amount of time. The thing is, produce growth and distribution regulations are very different from those in the States or in Europe. This is all applicable to whatever country with the same restrictions, which can … Continue reading Vegetables That Can Kill: the Produce Culture of the Dominican Republic

La Vegetariana, Part 1: The Struggle

I am writing this post to introduce the yuppie trend, irrational decision, and by some an alleged mental illness: Vegetarianism (and things only get worse for veganism). As a Veggie in the United States, I was always stunned by the negativity that follows the label of a mere dietary decision. I am sure there are many reasons for this ‘anger’ towards plant-based eating, from morality … Continue reading La Vegetariana, Part 1: The Struggle

Quick! We Have to Get to Santo Domingo!

A short introduction: My name is Aya. I am a pre-medical student and microbiology major. Throughout my time at UF, I have felt an ever growing interest in the field of Global Health. I found out about this opportunity through UF to live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the summer, as a medical student at Universidad Iberoamericana–otherwise known as UNIBE. I signed up for … Continue reading Quick! We Have to Get to Santo Domingo!

Aya Tal-mason: Summer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Year: SeniorMajor/Minor: Microbiology and Cell Science/Program: Universidad Iberoamericana Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why?The short answer: Yep! The long answer: I travel multiple times a year. I grew up with my family going to Mexico for multiple months a year, so when I was little I would go to school there. I truly have had a lifelong travel bug (NOTE: not a … Continue reading Aya Tal-mason: Summer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic