Tag Archives: Swaziland

How to survive winter in eSwatini

There always seems to be disbelief and confusion about how cold it gets here, especially in the mountains of Hhohho, including where I currently live in Mbabane. I admit to not knowing how serious winter is here when I was … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: A goose

My apartment complex has a menagerie of animals, including a pair of geese. These usually stay in the upper yard, seldom visiting me in the lower yard. They aren’t too noisy but when they do visit, they love to hiss … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Ezulwini view

I went to a funeral today for someone from work. A better description may be calling hours, which are all-day, every day between someone’s death and burial. There was singing, praying, and a few readings from the Bible. The location … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Beginning another round of goodbyes

It’s that time of year again when PCVs start going home as they finish their service. The Fourth of July was the last time everyone is guaranteed to be together. Nine PCVs from my group made it through a third … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Fall or winter?

Determining when seasons begin and end in eSwatini has been tricky. Is it fall or winter right now? In mid-May fall definitely began in Mbabane. It smelled like fall and the mornings were definitely chillier. The few trees that lose … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Indian food

About two months ago I told my newish neighbors that their food always smells so good. This has started an exchange of Indian and American food that I have thoroughly enjoyed. It’s also nice that I can visit with the … 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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