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Life after Peace Corps, Month 1

I am confident I would have been more prepared for life after Peace Corps had my service not ended early. But since it did, and I have read very little about other RPCVs’ returns to a non-PC life, I have … Continue reading

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What I have been reading, part 2

I wrote about my reading for the first half of the year here: What I have been reading, and this will take us through the second half of the year. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon Written in … Continue reading

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Sometimes things do not work out as planned

It has been 30 days since I left eSwatini. I am sure you have a million questions, and I do, too. Simply, Peace Corps ended my service because of a security incident. It took me this long to tell you … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Art

I saw some excellent art of Swati imvunulo, or traditional clothing, at MTN, the cell phone provider. I was happy to see that all my money spent on their products over the years was at least spent on some beautiful … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: My view

My new apartment complex has a nice sunset view. My apartment has no view, so I’m happy there is some common space to spread out. I have been trying on the weekends to spend time outside, especially the sunset.

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Wednesday photo: The news

One of my new jobs is to review the week’s news and write a summary report that is emailed to all Peace Corps staff. I immensely enjoy this task, especially because the news writing is horrifying and the editorial decisions … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Jacaranda tree

I’m not sure which season in eSwatini is my favorite, but I do love the spring flowers. The jacarandas bloomed this month and I love looking at these flowers. Sadly, this tree is considered a pest here and it is … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Frank’s Red Hot

While in Ohio, I have been shopping for food to take with me back to eSwatini. I also had to shop for additional kitchen storage space to hold all this food, but that’s a different story. I miss all kinds … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Umhlanga

This year’s Umhlanga ceremony was held over the previous week, with the main day of dancing on Monday. The king showed up early, so the emakhosatana, or princesses, were able to start the parade around 2:30 p.m., rather than the … Continue reading

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Make waSitfwatfwa

It is common practice for other people to call mothers: mother of child’s name. For instance, if your eldest child is named Wenzo, you would be called make waWenzo. For at least two years, one of the language instructors for … Continue reading

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