Hello, gang! How have you all been? Some of you were perhaps unsuccessfully attempting to follow my life in Sierra Leone the past few months on my personal website (sorry dKoren!), but that webpage was nearly impossible for me to load. If you want to see everything that went down, probs check out my Insta instead (it was the only thing that would consistently work on my Sierra Leone phone).
time in Sierra Leone was life-confirming and real and purposeful and
difficult and wonderful and annoying and funny and complex: it was just
life. I have always felt equally comfortable in Makeni as I do in
Seattle, and these months alone there were a brilliant reminder of that (special thanks to blog
readers who helped sponsor my time, I am in awe of your communal
My big projects with not enough time were
interviewing women in the organization (headed by Ruth on the right in
the photo), and also working with the craftswomen in finding local
markets for their fair trade products. It was frustrating (I understand
Krio 99.9%, but can't always remember the right words to respond with)
and rewarding (I MANAGED TO CONVINCE A GUY TO SELL THE LADIES'
WORK IN HIS MARKET WITH A CONTRACT AND EVERYTHING). Aside from my
official duties, I spent time hanging out with Makeni friends, and also got adopted as an obnoxious
supporter of a local football team called FC SEATTLE. (I'm not joking.
It was the most random moment of my life.) I'll try and write more about
the last few months over at meghesketh.com (fyi, I graduated on
Saturday, but still have two papers to write, so...hahahahha. WHAT AM I
Immediately after returning to the US (it took
days and 5 airports), I was off to LA for the TCM Film Festival. This
was solely due to the generosity of Kate the Great and Auntie Casey. As always, I remain penniless.
gonna go day by day talking about my time at the fest. It was
gloriously wonderful time, and yes, I TOOK A SELFIE WITH CARL REINER.
There is much much more to that story (mostly taking place in my mind,
but whatevs). I was also blessed by Adam West. HAHAHAHAHAHA. *faints*
And had Ed Asner shake his cane at me. And other "shenanigans."
the fest, I returned to Seattle to walk in my graduation and hide from
my dean (those aforementioned papers I am still supposed to write about
my time in West Africa). I was only successful in one venture. Whoops.
Email from dean had the subject line: "WHERE ARE YOU?" It's all good. I
still walked summa cum laude (and now they will never give me my
shades from Kate, because she may be an evil villain with Nazi-ties, but Victoria Vinciguerra is forever #stylegoals
Now, I'm working the SIFF
(Seattle International Film Festival), and you should all come
experience its greatness for the next month. And, then internship in
Memphis area until October, and then.....if you have an ethical job with
a livable wage for someone with a cross-cultural studies degree and a
familiarity with Sierra Leone and a love for film and defending the
human rights of children, CONTACT ME ASAP.
Be right back with day 1 of TCMFF!