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Wednesday photo: Bananas

My neighbor and I realized late into our stay at our apartment complex that the plentiful fruit growing here was ours for the taking. There’s avocado, banana, guava, orange, lemon, and mango trees. We did a bit of research to … Continue reading

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How to survive winter in eSwatini

There always seems to be disbelief and confusion about how cold it gets here, especially in the mountains of Hhohho, including where I currently live in Mbabane. I admit to not knowing how serious winter is here when I was … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: A goose

My apartment complex has a menagerie of animals, including a pair of geese. These usually stay in the upper yard, seldom visiting me in the lower yard. They aren’t too noisy but when they do visit, they love to hiss … Continue reading

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What can I buy in eSwatini?

I could not believe there was a frozen section at the grocery stores here. Once again, I was wildly misinformed about what kind of shopping access there would be in eSwatini. I realized pretty early on that eSwatini was not … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Koshary

I’ve been in a bit of a food rut and was wondering what I would cook for dinner when I came across this photo of mine of a bowl of koshary, a Cairene staple. I had lunch at Koshary Abou … Continue reading

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A photo tour of my apartment

Seeing as I have lived in my Mbabane apartment for a year, and am moving out in a month, I thought it was about time to show you my home. I have loved it here, and can only expect that … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Ezulwini view

I went to a funeral today for someone from work. A better description may be calling hours, which are all-day, every day between someone’s death and burial. There was singing, praying, and a few readings from the Bible. The location … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Beginning another round of goodbyes

It’s that time of year again when PCVs start going home as they finish their service. The Fourth of July was the last time everyone is guaranteed to be together. Nine PCVs from my group made it through a third … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Happy early birthday, America

I won a ticket to attend the U.S. Embassy’s official Fourth of July celebration this year. There are plenty of reasons to want to go to the Embassy. There’s drinking fountains and nice (my vote for the nicest in country!) … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Pulled pork fail

I know that my friends said the pulled pork was amazing. I, on the other hand, am perhaps jaded from the ridiculousness of the whole matter. The grocery store didn’t have any appropriate-looking pork, so I went to the butcher. … Continue reading

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