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Gratitude, even when crying

Explaining my life here is hard. I have three weeks left in my community, I am crazy busy, and packing is stressful. In short, I am a mess. I revisited the blog post that best sums up my Peace Corps … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Work to do

I was worried I would have a hard time filling my last few weeks at site; instead, the opposite is happening. I have a variety of paperwork and projects to tie up before I move, plus I am leading the … Continue reading

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Two years in the Peace Corps in numbers

Today is my second anniversary of arriving in Swaziland. Now I live in a country called eSwatini. Like the name of this country, many other things have changed. Or been broken, disappeared, or accumulated. When I first started thinking about … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Chicken words

While flipping through the dictionary last night I found two new-to-me and exciting words about chickens: kukekela and kelukelwane.     Kukekela means to cackle, specifically the noise a hen makes after laying an egg. I know from living with so … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Resting while sick

I have had a cold since Bushfire, and it has controlled my life. Fortunately I have been able to sleep in more than usual because my bobhuti have been playing less music. I did not get much of anything else … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Euphorbia

In Salt Lake, one of the many plants we had was a euphorbia. I named her Euphie. She got a sunburn and recovered. We picked her branches and grew baby euphorbias. Then she got too cold and mostly died. I … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Bushfire

This past week was a whirlwind. I hardly remember what happened before Bushfire, eSwatini’s incredible music festival. Before Bushfire, I spent three lessons at school preparing for a debate. My students chose an incredibly difficult topic that I believe they … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Hanging out with friends

I started the week with multiple productive days at home followed by two productive days in Mbabane. Now, as I write this, I am waiting to be picked up to start a day with friends, old and new. First, I’m … Continue reading

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Winning PC Swaziland’s Blog it Home contest

I had told my friends in Salt Lake City they would see me next when I won Blog it Home and earned a prize of a inclusive trip to Washington, D.C., for a week of sessions on culture and blogging. … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Language test

I try not to brag about most things. Especially here in eSwatini, I have had so few successes that there hasn’t been much to brag about anyway. So today I am going to brag about my language test results. I … Continue reading

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