The Nomadic Life · Travel

How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

If you’re like me and haven’t celebrated Christmas with your family, or in your own nation for several years, or are bravely returning home after a RTW trip in the height of Christmas cheer and creature comforts, here’s how to celebrate Christmas after a long journey away: 1. Hug your family They’re probably letting you…… Continue reading How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

Peace Corps · Teaching Abroad

Where Christmas Snow is Only Ever Made of Paper

{Teaching Malagasy students about American Christmas traditions} I taught my 7th grade (5eme) students how to make paper snowflakes and sing Christmas carols this week. When we started the activity, one student held up the test I had just passed back, jokingly suggesting that he would use that to make his paper snowflake. I shrugged…… Continue reading Where Christmas Snow is Only Ever Made of Paper

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Celebrating Christmas on the Other End of the World

On Christmas morning, while the sun was still down, I woke up on the floor of a taxi-brousse —┬áMadagascar’s cramped, jolopy-esque version of a chicken bus. I accredit the sleeping pills I took prior to the twelve hour bus ride for this amazing feat of scrunchability and indifference towards sanitary matters, but when a pothole…… Continue reading Celebrating Christmas on the Other End of the World