Alejandro Ribadeneira

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The Capital P-Place

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Alejandro Ribadeneira1 Comment

I spent three years moving around the world with about 35 other students, 12 teachers, and some residence life advisors. Settings changed very often—every three to six months we would be in a different city, trying to call it home. However, people did not change. A funny thing occurs with this phenomenon, the common links we make regarding certain people and …

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Just like Christmas on the Equator

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Alejandro Ribadeneira2 Comments

Growing up in the global south (with innumerable inputs from North America in the media) can be seen as a series of disappointing circumstances. Firstly, Christmas as a phenomenon cause severe cognitive dissonance. All of those Christmas trees, snowmen and women, woolen hats and sweaters, they simply did not fit in Ecuador—but they were the image that the TV portrayed of …

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Apartment 4B

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Alejandro Ribadeneira1 Comment

Everyone in my mother’s family would agree that my grandfather’s apartment held an interesting aura. Many would argue it did not have a wonderful one, and I agree. In recent years the place was inhabited by my eclectic grandfather, his assistant, and the occasional cleaner. However, many more people lived there with him in the past, and left remnants as …