Best of In House

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today’s highlights come from our weekly staff column, “In House.”

In “A View from the Cheap Seats”, Elizabeth Byrne talks sports; in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Hannah Gersen reflects on the transience of place, asking, “Is Geography Destiny?”

 

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Best of In House

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Translation: A Trip to La Paz

HEBE UHART
When I was twenty, I went abroad for the first time; the train to La Paz took three days and it was easy to meet people on board. I went with Julia Leguizamón, who was a few years older. To me, she was the essence of mystery and refined intelligence—qualities I lacked.