For this week’s flag of the week, let’s turn back the clock and dive into Yemen’s rich historical past.
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MJ: Hello, this is MJ Larrazabal from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing from Ananya Vohra, a student currently completing her last year at Duke from her home in India. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Ananya! Tell us a little about yourself.
This week, we travel to Latvia in northeastern Europe, the middle of the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Latvia borders the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga, with Estonia to the north, Russia to the East, Belarus to the southeast, and Lithuania to the south. Latvia also has one of the world’s oldest flags (only surpassed by Denmark)! Its current flag has been in use since 1280.
Some consider the chilly weather to be the herald of autumn, while others consider it to be the changing color of leaves. According to Dr. Zhaochen Luo and Ms. Audrey Fenske, though, one of the true markers of the new season is enjoying a meal in the company of good friends.
For this week’s flag of the week, we’re taking you to the heart of Africa: Zambia. This landlocked nation is bordered by eight countries, of which include the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Malawi to the east, Zimbabwe to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka, which is home to almost 3 million inhabitants. As of 2020, approximately 17.4 million people live in Zambia.
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10 OR FEWER (YES, STILL)
While North Carolina regulations have recently changed, all Duke students are still required to adhere to university requirements limiting informal gatherings indoors or outdoors to 10 persons or fewer. These precautions should be practiced both on campus and off! The discipline you've shown so far is the reason we've been able to continue our classes and student life on campus. Keep up the good work!
Duke Gardens REMINDER
While many of us here in Durham would love an afternoon spent wandering Duke Gardens, sharing a gentle reminder that the gardens remain closed. Only very limited student access is permitted, and only for approved academic purposes through reservation by faculty or staff.
Goods news though—Duke has lots of other open green space to study or hang out in on campus while getting your nature fix!
This week, we travel to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. It is one of the world’s 45 landlocked nations, but it also has Issyk-Kul, a beautiful high-altitude lake that is 113 miles long. Mountains cover about 80% of the country, leading some to describe it as the “Switzerland of Central Asia”.
Reminiscing about the end of summer? Join us this week for a trip to Samoa! This island nation is located in Oceania in the South Pacific, and it consists of two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu. Apia is the capital city, which is located on Upolu. Samoa is neighbored by several islands, including American Samoa, Tokelau, Niue, Tonda, and Fiji. However, the International Date Line places Samoa 24 hours ahead of its closest neighbor, American Samoa.
This week, we travel to Northwest Africa and visit Mauritania.
Michelle Zhang is a junior at Duke studying Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, with a minor in French! Her hometown is in Iquique, Chile, where she was born and raised. At Duke, she is Co-Director of HackDuke and Marketing Co-Chair at Catalyst. In her free time, Michelle is a fan of puzzles and Rubik’s cubes, and singing along to foreign music.
This conversation took place between Michelle and Isabella over a Zoom call in early September.