When the "hurry up and wait" game is strong
I needed a minute to explain what was happening
It's not very Peace Corps without a personalized CDC scare
My week in summer camp prison
More cow bell and disco balls
A week of mastering charades
What is in your 2019 piñata?
Running water is overrated
Christmas is for electrocution
Be still my freshly broken arm and sports bra full of cement.
Just another week in the jungle for quality Swamp Time
Just a snippet of vacation before we go jungle deep
When every Sunday is Thanksgiving
Sharing "American" culture with Peruvians by making Thai and Mexican food.
"It was the first time I set down the thought I didn’t belong." That didn't last.
It's not about the accomplishments. It's about time.
Warning: This week's post contains disturbing content such as me being happy for a minute
Baby PCV cutting her first Spanish sarcasm teeth on some baby ducklings
Sometimes voting is as easy as a rappelling with a skinny cow
You know. Just some butterflies on cow patties kinda week
Practicing "good enough is perfect"
Time to kick the board
If this week's post was a speed date...
Goat cheese and grief
Life from the fishbowl
Stumbling into Wonderland
Still no idea what I am doing
So that car wreck is done and over
Watch out for jungle tiger spiders featured here, left of center
Running straight into the jungle
Everything is still in Spanish
Keeping it real: There isn't a pot of gold on this end of the rainbow.
Scenes from the week as well as a very creatively butchered version of the History of Peru
Immersion means leaving the house and talking to strangers. A lot.
Still wondering after two weeks why I am not skinny and fluent in Spanish. What kind of rehab is this?
You know that part in the story when Dorothy finds out all she had to do was click her ruby slippers together three times and...
And the final verdict after three months training is...
This week didn't make me quit. And it features a scorpion carrying a message from the gods. Also a sizable cabbage.
Life hack: Hide trashy junk food everywhere. You never know what minute you'll need to use coping chocolate.
My mother used to say "If you don't have anything nice to say maybe shut up and not write a blog." -DMR 5/15/48
During the final week of Site Exploration four chickens and one rooster have a slumber party. It ends up with zombies.
A second week of awkward blind introductions to innocent unsuspecting strangers in Oxapampa, Pasco, Perú.
In this week's episode of "Did I Really Sign Up for This?" we visit the town of Oxapampa, Peru, for Site Exploration (my site assignment for two years.)
Not much happened this week. Except, you know, the next two years of our lives. Featuring: Site Assignment day.
The week they let the hopeful-to-be volunteers into the wild and almost off-leash
That sweet-spot in pre-service training where I am confident that I am less smart and made up of 65% water, 35% potatoes and rice.
A few glimpses into what gets crammed into Peace Corps Perú 31 Pre-Service Training
According to the State of Alaska this blog is officially medium risk and considered a global threat to intelligent reputation. #WIN
The first three days are the longest and count toward the sum total of week zero.
A painfully boring yet painfully detailed timeline from PC application to actual invitation