Category Archives: Africa

“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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Saturday gratitude: Extension and other wonderful things

I have been in a funk lately over the ever-continuing disappointment in my site and staff not following up on my requests for help. I have spent so much time reading in my hut recently that even one of my … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Congratulations cake

My tutor just got a real job at a neighboring community’s clinic as an HIV counselor, so a cake was in order!    She very nicely shared a slice with me and her sister-in-law and then she saved the rest … Continue reading

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If hyenas could talk

Hyenas are usually on the move, never lingering for long at one spot, unless you find a mother with her cubs. For this reason, my photos of hyenas usually show only their backside moving away. On my latest trip to … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Newborn calf

My family grew by one with the birth of a calf. He arrived on early Sunday morning, born into a muddy, post-rain kraal, which gave him his name: Ngumdagga. He is “of the mud.”   Of course, I want to … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Poetry

I had a mostly hate relationship with poetry until a few weeks ago. My English club kids asked for poetry lessons, which meant lots of research on my end. I spent hours and hours perusing middle school and high school … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Wild dogs

After seeing a kill on our first drive in Kruger, I would have left my Kruger trip happy. But my guide and the rest of the safari-goers in my group knew that I really, really, really wanted to see wild … Continue reading

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