Category Archives: Asia

What’s cooking: Oatmeal muffins

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, I have a limited food budget. But I also love food–both eating and making it. During PST, I cooked without an oven, refrigeration, and a non-stick skillet. Now at my permanent site, I … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Permagardening

I have been so excited about gardening since I arrived in Swaziland. I asked for a garden at my permanent site, and boy, did Peace Corps deliver! I have about 30 fruit trees (mango, peach, banana, lemon, grape, papaya, and litchee), corn fields, … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: China and Russia

I just sent out a handful of cards to use up my Ohio postcards, so I am hopeful of having a postcard or two waiting for me in my Utah mailbox when I arrive. First up in this batch is … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: The Netherlands and Taiwan

I will feature a postcard from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and from Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. The first postcard is of a sunset behind the harbor of Rotterdam. The man who sent me the postcard also happens to be a … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: Thailand and Hawaii

The first postcard shown here is from Bangkok, Thailand, my third postcard from there.  I have really enjoyed all of my Thailand postcards and I definitely want to visit Thailand someday. I also think everyone is Thailand has the same … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: Belarus, China

This is the first postcard I have received that I know nothing about. It’s from Belarus, but I can’t read Russian, so I don’t know what this building is. The flipside does have pretty floral stamps, though. This postcard is … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: Austria (mailed from Taiwan) and Thailand

When I received this card I immediately thought that this mountainous scene looked very Austrian. But then I flip the card over and see that the cancellation is from Taiwan. And the sender is actually from Malaysia. The rest of … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: Russia, Thailand

One of the postcards I received this summer is from Russia. Another is from Thailand. I received this postcard in an envelope with a note that included a drawing of a sailboat. The note explained that Pasha is learning English … Continue reading

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Postcard arrival: Taiwan and the Netherlands

I really enjoyed both of these postcards. First, from Taiwan. I want to visit Orchid Island after seeing this postcard. I have always been interested in Taiwan, mostly because I know someone from there, but this view looks absolutely gorgeous. … Continue reading

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Collecting foreign money

One of the things I love to collect when I travel is the local currency. My list of countries with their own national currency that I’ve been to is kind of small, mostly thanks to the European Union and its … Continue reading

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