Hello again! There is a common saying in quidditch: WEST COAST, BEST COAST. Here are some Western-based Tufflepuffs who demonstrate how accurate that saying is (although if you ask us, if the West was all that great, they never would have left).
First up, we have our wonderful captain, Hannah DeBaets, hailing from Northern California. Hannah is spending her summer doing research in the Walt lab at Tufts. She's enjoying exclusive keycard access to high-tech parts of the lab - most importantly the kitchen. In addition to her lunch breaks, Hannah is doing the occasional bit of work. Her project for the summer is to investigate how the bacteria and other organisms that live on your body transfer to your personal items, like your phone.
Besides spending a lot of her time this summer in a lab coat, Hannah has been hanging out in (and hanging from) a variety of trees. A relatively inexperienced tree climber, Hannah has found that sitting in trees with friends is one of her new favorite ways to relax. If you are looking for a good tree to climb, Hannah suggests you come visit Tufts and try the Possum Tree, which has become Hannah's most frequently visited tree.
Hannah has spent the last few weeks exploring different parts of the world, including Montreal and LA. Coming up on July 19th, this Tufflepuff will be joining Team USA to face off against six other international teams in Vancouver. Among all of the new faces at Global Games will be at least one familiar one: that of Arlene Rosenberg, a fellow Tufflepuff and member of Team Canada. Hannah is looking forward to meeting her Team USA teammates and learning as much as she can from them. We here at Tufts Quidditch could not be prouder of our two national team members.
Next up is fellow Northern Californian, Andrew Carp. Carp spend the spring semester in Hong Kong, where he went a lot of parties, explored the city and island, and ate at a lot of different restaurants. He also spent a few weekends traveling to China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Taiwan was his favorite because it had the best food and nicest people. In Malaysia, he got to hike a 14,000 foot mountain and almost passing out due to altitude sickness.
After school ended, Carp spent most of the summer backpacking through southeast Asia. He got to go to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. In Thailand, he traveled to an island called Koh Phi Phi in the south where Carp spent about four days sitting on the beach and kayaking through the cliffs around the island. He also got to snorkel, ate lots of pad thai, and fought his friend in a Muay Thai boxing match. In Vietnam, Carp also explored some of the biggest caves in the world. He also spent a lot of time riding motorcycles around the national park in Vietnam and traveling through the hills and caves. In Laos, Carp did a rainforest hike with this old Laotian guide called "Capitan". He also cycled through a really surreal area of Myanmar called Bagan. It has 4000 temples and stupas dating back to the 9th century or so. After visiting Myanmar, Carp returned home to Silicon Valley. He will return to Tufts in August, and we are all looking forward to hearing more about his trip.
Our final featured Tufflepuff is Lily Buechler, hailing for Boise, Idaho. She has been working at Boise State University's Energy Efficiency Research Institute. She is working with a group of people doing research on microgrid peak electrical demand reduction . When not at work, Lily has been spending as much time as possible up in the mountains enjoying the outdoors. She has gone on a few camping and backpacking trips to some of the more remote parts of Idaho. She has had a blast kayaking, biking and climbing mountains with friends and family. She has also been watching the World Cup and is super excited for the final this weekend!
That's all for this week! Hope the summer has been treating you well!
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