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Wednesday photo: Spoiled baby chick

Remember that baby chick I had in my pocket a few weeks ago?  All of us watch out for her and she’s quite the spoiled chick. Phetsile has named her Luthando, isiZulu for love.  She really loves hanging out on … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Monkeys

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: Food in Durban

Nothing sounded that exciting about Durban except for the food. Durban has the largest population of Indians outside of India, which means there are plenty of traditional Indian restaurants along with South African versions of curry a la bunny chow. … Continue reading

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A photo tour of Maputo

Maputo was awesome. Mozambique in general seemed awesome, too. There was so much great food to eat of many varieties, the city was walkable, there was no harassment, and we always felt safe. Check out a few photos of our … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: Babies

I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story. My first chicks hatched about two months ago and the second group hatched two weeks after that. Watching these … Continue reading

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How I spent May’s Swaziland PCV stipend

May was a glorious month.  The first week was spent in Lusaka, Zambia, at a fancy hotel with included and amazing breakfast and lunch. Dinners out were cheap and paid for with a Peace Corps stipend.  The second week was … Continue reading

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Reflections on life after a year as a PCV in Swaziland

I wasn’t sure that I was going to write something in honor of being in Swaziland for one year until I sat down and the words came out of my fingers. Why have a countdown when I am content and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Lost baby chick

A few days ago I heard a chick crying in the yard. I headed outside and found a fresh baby wandering the front yard. I assumed it belonged to the group of babies that just hatched and would eventually be … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Handmade photo booth props

I have spent the last week in Christmas party preparation mode.  Christmas in June, you ask? Apparently it’s a Peace Corps thing, and it makes some sense in Swaziland with June having colder weather than December.  I’m in charge of … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Letters from America

Mail is a wonderful thing. I invited my English club students to be pen pals with the students of one of my high school teachers. They were excited, but ultimately only four wrote letters for me to mail to America. … Continue reading

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