Category Archives: Africa

Wednesday photo: Puzzle

Now that I have more space in my extension-year home, I was able to put together a relaxing puzzle.     I am looking forward to the collection of hard puzzles waiting for me in the States. 

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Wednesday photo: Delayed mail

Every so often it takes four to six months for a letter to arrive from the U.S. in my mailbox.  I had a delayed package a year-and-a-half ago. It was held up by the post office saying the customs sheet … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Dehorned rhino

South Africa has been dehorning rhinos to keep the animal alive. This post isn’t a discussion of whether this is the right solution to stop poaching.  The first dehorned rhino I saw was with my parents last year in isiMangaliso … Continue reading

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Roundup of what you need to know before joining Peace Corps Eswatini 2.0

Sanibonani G16! I have written a lot about what life is like as a PCV in Eswatini during my 27 months of service. Your departure date is approaching quickly, and maybe a few of you only just received medical clearance … Continue reading

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Gratitude for visitors

I am well settled in to my new apartment, and had three PCV visitors over the weekend. The first was for a home-cooked, going-away dinner extravaganza for Aaron. He’s allowed me to crash at his conveniently-located extension home and feasts … Continue reading

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What to wear while serving as a PCV in eSwatini

Starting in 2018, each intake group for Peace Corps Eswatini will arrive at the end of September, rather than in mid-June. This means that it (likely) will not be so cold when Trainees arrive. The heavy winter wear mentioned in … Continue reading

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My most-used items as a PCV in eSwatini

I might not love all of these items enough for them to make it onto my favorite lists (These are a few of my favorite things, These are a few of our favorite things, My favorite items during PST), but … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: My shower

One of my apartment stipulations when moving to town was to have a shower. Theoretically, I do have a shower. It just doesn’t really work.  The most frequent problem is that after about two minutes the cold water stops working. … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: Goodbye my friends

Since moving out, I regularly think about my chickens. I hope they haven’t been boiled for dinner. I hope that Thandi and Sitfwatfwa will forgive me for moving away.  I miss Sitfwatfwa pecking at my screen door to say hello … Continue reading

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Extension life: English is confusing

When I moved from Ohio to Utah I remember having to change one word of my vocabulary. I received too many comments when I would say “pop” while working as a cashier at Target, so I forced myself to remember … Continue reading

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