Category Archives: Africa

Wednesday photo: Egyptian street food

Falafel and sugar cane juice were highlights of my trip to Egypt. My guides were always directing us to clean restaurants, but street food often shows how the regular people eat, so I dug in. Everything was delicious, even with … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: A new beading project

Last night I started a new beading project to match a new shirt that I will wear at Bushfire. The music festival is the place where the PCVs all dress up to the nines, and it will be a great … Continue reading

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Updates on my monthly spending

I’ve been falling behind on all kinds of things here, including my monthly spending posts. I came in under budget twice since July, which is 10 months. Not so good. Living in town has meant I can more easily find … Continue reading

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Surprise in the bathroom

After nearly three years in country, there’s little that happens here that catches me off guard. There’s one problem, though, that always catches me off guard: Swazi women who don’t close the bathroom stall door. You would think that if … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Mbabane bus rank

I walk past or through the bus rank here frequently as I go shopping. It can get busy, and transport drivers do many unpredictable things while driving. I stopped to take this aerial photo from the stairs outside the second … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Mail

I was surprised to see three envelopes from my mom in my mailbox today. It had been only two weeks since last checking. Then I checked the postmarks: June 2018, August 2018, and February 2019. I’m not even surprised any … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Work

When I returned to work in January, I was hoping for more tasks to keep me busier at work. I have more or less been slammed and have plenty of responsibilities for the time being, of which I am thankful. … Continue reading

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Gratitude for nature, work, and food: What I’ve been doing the last four months

How time has flown! I have lived in town working my new job for more than four months now. My blog reading and writing routine has been severely disrupted and I haven’t found a way to work either into my … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Jacaranda

I was worried about not having a jacaranda tree nearby in Mbabane. I love the purple flowers that signify that summer is on its way.     Fortunately, there’s a jacaranda tree at the end of my driveway and I get … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Grilled cheese

A grilled cheese sandwich is the go-to meal of eSwatini PCVs. Moving to town hasn’t meant my consumption of them reduced. Instead, their consumption has increased in class.    I am now using freshly baked bread from good’s, a new … Continue reading

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