Spaghetti with tomato sauce: Cooking in the Corps 1

Welcome to my first post in the series called Cooking in the Corps. By the end of the series, there will be [hopefully] a collection of 27 [see what I did there] recipes that I personally cooked in my kitchen either on the gas stove or the imbabura. A couple of Continue reading Spaghetti with tomato sauce: Cooking in the Corps 1

Learning a language that will never be used again

Before leaving for Rwanda, my coworkers attempted to help me study Kinyarwanda… of course, this was fruitless, but entertaining, being that none of us had any experience with a Bantu language prior. But I learned about 5 words before leaving the comfy confines of the English language… mostly easy words like Continue reading Learning a language that will never be used again

I’m a stranger here myself

What the actual F*ck am I doing here? It’s a question I ask myself daily, sometimes hourly, and occasionally every few minutes. Even now, I don’t have a clear answer. I’m a stranger in an area used to Peace Corps trainees. As long as I stick to main roads and Continue reading I’m a stranger here myself

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

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…

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

I’m in the medical/legal clearance stage right now so I haven’t told a lot of people I’ve been accepted to the Peace Corps until it’s a go, but the ones who do know definitely have questions. Question 1: What exactly is the Peace Corps? John F Kennedy established the Peace Continue reading Answers to the most frequently asked questions

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