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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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Wednesday photo: Learning to bead

One of the PCVs from my cohort learned to bead from one of her community members. I was oblivious to this for way too long considering this now RPCV was my closest neighbor.  By the time I learned about her … Continue reading

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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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