My name is Emma, and I’m a geographer-in-training. I graduated a few years ago from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I majored in geography and history, and I’m currently working on my master’s in geography at the University of Oregon.

I started this blog during a semester spent studying in Budapest, Hungary. I originally meant it to be a record of my life there for the sake of my family and friends back home, and also for the sake of my remembering how I processed the trip while I lived it. Over time, the blog has come to focus on some of my academic interests, like urban geography and food systems, as well as some of my hobbies, including gardening, cartography, and etymology, and the work that has sustained me between stints in libraries at great places like this farm, this company, this organization, and this old house.

The header photograph is one I took near Sammish, WA, and the title comes in part from “Jabberwocky,” a cherished poem by that genius of whimsy, Lewis Carroll. The subtitle is a line from the poem “Yes! No!” by Mary Oliver.


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