Monthly Archives: April 2018

Saturday gratitude: Finding peace

This week was a stress-filled mess. I had wanted to change things up and spend two days and a night at Hlane to see wildlife and take a relaxing break with nature. But like the wise, old, kung fu master … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: The wrong khumbi. Twice.

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Bubbles

I made homemade bubbles for my younger bhuti last week. Finding something to blow the bubbles with was actually more difficult.    Although the bubbles were fun, I’m not sure they were fun enough to make again.  

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How I spent March’s living allowance

I ran out of money in March, too. It’s a trend in the PCV life, especially when I am 100 percent a cheese boy (well, girl, in this case). I didn’t even buy cheese with March’s money, but I did … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Payday and phone calls

    I am most grateful for being paid this past week, which enabled me to leave my house and buy groceries. I also had a wonderful FaceTime conversation with a friend from home that conveniently finished that month’s data … Continue reading

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How I spent February’s living allowance

In short, I spent more than the month’s allowance by about E700. Half of that came from extra trips to town and the Peace Corps office to prepare paperwork for my extension. The other half was spent on food, which … Continue reading

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“You’re a Swazi now” and my role as an ambassador, otherwise known as life as a PCV

I am regularly surprised when I surprise siSwati and isiZulu speakers with what I think are my poor language skills. Speaking a few words of the local language has always been important to me. I have spent many hours learning … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Clothing design

I have so much fabric and have had so little clothing made. I even bought more fabric last week. Whoops. Part of the problem has been finding a tailor who will do what I ask, make clothes that fit, and … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Work assignments, showers, packages, and quiet mornings

This week was better, as I managed to stay much busier. I went to Mbabane twice, once for an HIV Committee meeting and once for a meeting with PSI. Fellow HIV Committee member and G14 extender Blake spent Sunday night … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Avocado

Oh, to live in a place where you can afford to eat all of a giant avocado in one sitting.     Giant is a bit of an exaggeration, only because this avocado is average sized.  I was overcharged for this … Continue reading

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