Fun fact time, readers. Did you know that my real last name isn’t actually Walker? It turns out I’m not the hallmark example of British heritage with my very English last name. It’s actually Walkowiak. Spelled with two Ws, but pronounced like a v. Walk-O-vi-ak. Most resources that I’ve found claim that it’s a Polish last name, meaning those who came from Walkow (a village and former battleground) in Poland. It’s not like that helps me a great deal, however. …


How do cultural interactions shape the identity of a place or people? Anyone living in North America — The United States in particular — feels right at home with this concept. Even I, with my minimal travel experience (that is not aging well in my secret quarantine bunker), can recognize the influences of Dutch ideologies on New York City, or the many micro-cultures of Los Angeles, or even the traces of old New England in Connecticut. But how far back can I trace these cultural intersections, and how deeply are they ingrained?

I’ve always admired and appreciated Mexican culture. Still…


Why the world has always been terrified of childfree women.

https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2020/supreme-court-and-abortion-rights

Amidst the overwhelming panic of the pandemic, issues such as a woman’s right to choose and the state of abortion in the United States have flown below the radar for much of the past year, making what normally would have been a hot topic during the election and the start of Biden’s presidency more of an afterthought. One shouldn’t confuse silence with a resolution, however: several states are using the pandemic as a scapegoat to tighten restrictions on access to abortions and planned parenthood services, under the assertion that such…


(No, it’s not actually going to be about the cake, but I’ll fit it in there somehow).

Now, all we need is an evil witch on this bridge, and we’ve got ourselves a Grimm brother’s fairy tale! (https://www.vbt.com/blog/flora-black-forest/)

Many greetings to you from (yet again) my top-secret COVID survival bunker! At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if any of my readers are wondering whether or not I even get out of the house! The short answer, of course, is no: just today, I had to lock myself in my room and do nothing but study for 8 hours straight! …


(but really though, I’m not complaining)

This is the most American photo I’ve seen in a while. https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/national-us/state-holiday-event/american-holidays

Now before I begin, I want to make one thing clear, dear reader; I love dessert. Always have, always will, and have never fully mentally processed that sugar and butter have no nutritional value. I would sooner never eat any food on the savory spectrum if I had to choose, and no amount of Californian sun-loving topless nutritionists (drinking green vomit with a ~paper~ straw) judging other’s dietary choices on the dear old Youtube will keep me from indulging every now and then. Without the near-continuous flow of new baking projects for me to…


Please don’t ban me I still want to eat your food

“Beauty has no age. Fertility does.” Sure, but your sexist and fascist past clearly has no expiration date. (https://osocio.org/message/italian-government-declares-fertilityday/)

Salutations, dear reader! As I sit here in my fortress of COVID-free solitude, enjoying some penne lisce from a box and canned tomato sauce, I can’t help but yearn for the chance to indulge in some authentic Italian pasta (which, when that blessed day comes, better be the best damn pasta I’ve ever eaten). Now, I could have taken a look at Italian culture and written about a hundred incredible, fascinating, awe-inspiring things about it, from ancient Roman civilization, to Italian cuisine, to the Renaissance. Instead, I decided to…


Guess who’s been stuck at home for the past year? https://blog.wego.com/how-to-still-travel-despite-the-coronavirus-crisis/

Good day, fine reader! This is coming to you very much not live from my very own secret bunker, of which I have been residing in for almost a year now. Nothing like a pandemic to make even the most obstinate introvert a victim of their own consciousness! I am perpetually confused as to what day it is, no longer don makeup from the nose down, and my quarters have begun to reek of despair and antibacterial wipes. Quite the time to be alive, indeed!

That being said, I find one of the most detrimental aspects of living during a…


Statue of Constantine the Great, York.

For a country well known for its far-reaching past and vibrant history, England is much older than we often give it credit for. Before the stereotypes about tea and biscuits, the London Bridge, and even the dear old Queen of England herself, the geographic area known as England was occupied by the Romans, from 43 to 410 AD (Johnson). Their legacy is one that is often forgotten by many, historians and tourists alike. However, it is one that can be still be seen today, from military constructions like Hadrian’s Wall and ancient villages like the City of Bath, to even…

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