Postcards from Paris- a collection from 4 visits to the city of lights

One of the modern marvels of engineering [in my opinion] was the completion of the Chunnel–the tunnel that runs through the English Channel underwater. Since its completion, high speed rail lines have been run so that you can now travel from London to Paris in just over 2 hours…a voyage Continue reading Postcards from Paris- a collection from 4 visits to the city of lights

Things I Won’t Miss About the Village: Lack of Anonymity

Small town life I have lived most of my life in South Carolina [other states include North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee] — a state with roughly 5 million people in it, and just prior to departure, I moved back to the area I grew up in. The town I currently reside Continue reading Things I Won’t Miss About the Village: Lack of Anonymity

Remembering to remember

Armistice Day Today is (officially) Veterans’ Day in the USA. In the UK it’s known as Armistice Day as it is the day that WWI ended–on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the guns fell silent. It is a day to remember our soldiers, Continue reading Remembering to remember

Home–it’s a feeling more than a place

A lot of Peace Corps’ Volunteers post photos and /or videos about their Peace Corps’ homes–and I plan to do that as well.  But this one is a little different.  While I’ve still got a few more days until I depart for Rwanda, I wanted to celebrate my new home, Continue reading Home–it’s a feeling more than a place

Hello Seattle–You Unexpected Love

2018 Michelle here: I first visited Seattle in 2012 because I had friends there.  I never thought I would like the city, but I fell in love with it. Seattle was the first major city that I could *theoretically* live in. Just like Rwanda wasn’t my first choice; I was married to Madagascar, Continue reading Hello Seattle–You Unexpected Love

When I get to where I’m going…

And where might that be, you ask? Rwanda! and the new departure date for Rwanda is June 4–which gives me about 2.5 months to get ready. I’ll be in the Maternal-Child Health sector which focuses on the first 1000 days of life. It’s not Madagascar; it’s certainly not where I thought Continue reading When I get to where I’m going…

Every.Single.Thing. I Packed for Madagascar

More than 1500 coherent words on what I packed for two years in Madagascar from the kind of suitcase I had, and everything I put in said suitcase; don’t say I didn’t warn you. Pre-packing (is that even a thing?) I found out in July 2017 that I’d been accepted into Continue reading Every.Single.Thing. I Packed for Madagascar