Category Archives: Swaziland

The books of 2017

Peace Corps service comes with a lot of free time. At the beginning of my service I read less because I was trying so hard to integrate into my community. Now I am taking better care of my self by … Continue reading

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How I spent November’s living allowance

November was an expensive month in the clothing department. I bought a dress made in traditional fabric in South Africa and then I had a tailor make three other pieces. And I still have so much fabric left from my … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: Slaughter time

I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story. Make told me it was time for one of my roosters to die. It took a few days for … Continue reading

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How I spent October’s living allowance

October was a strange month. It involved lots of travels to Mauritius and my parents’ arrival. Apparently I mostly purchased food.

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Wednesday photo: Rhino encounter

We spent hours looking for rhinos in Imfolozi in Kwa Zulu-Natal and finally found two a short distance from the car. At that moment, none of us were expecting our second rhino encounter to be so spectacular. We saw so … Continue reading

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Introducing my parents to Swazi song and dance

For as much as I wanted work experience in Africa, my time as a PCV in Swaziland has largely been spent with me wholeheartedly embracing Swazi culture. After a few stops on our way to Swaziland from the Johannesburg airport, we started our … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Sibebe

Swaziland is home to Sibebe, the world’s second largest monolith and the largest exposed granite pluton in the world. I finally hiked Swaziland’s highest rock and it was a success.

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A traditional Swazi wedding, part three: Umtsimba

Umtsimba celebrations return to the groom’s family’s homestead for the final event of a Swazi traditional wedding (the first is the teka and the second is the lobola). This ceremony celebrates the completion of the lobola payment, which can occur … Continue reading

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The curious incident of the rodent in the night-time

I have spent a lot of time wondering whether or not this story is true. Could it just be a figment of my Malarone-altered dreams, or do I really have a roommate? In the week that this has occurred, my … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Pies

Last week on Wednesday I was so busy baking pies for Thanksgiving that I forgot to post.  Twenty-one pies and a week of sleep later, I have generally recovered from my most intense 24 hours of baking.     Thanksgiving for … Continue reading

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