The Nomadic Life · Travel

Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Last Tuesday, I was stepping off a flight from Tokyo and being welcomed back into America by the oh-so-cheery Dallas airport. I’m kidding. Dallas was a weird first sample of America after two and a half years abroad. It was just a little too AMERICA for me to handle after a 12-hour flight in which…… Continue reading Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Africa · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

Really Officer, I’m Not an Illegal Immigrant

I know I have slacked for the entire month of June about blogging… and a lot has happened in that month. The books for the Books For Africa project I’ve taken over have arrived in Tamatave and are currently stuck in customs. I had my Close of Service conference with Peace Corps and will officially…… Continue reading Really Officer, I’m Not an Illegal Immigrant

Africa · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life · Travel

How Blogging in the Third World is Frustrating Business

Remember when, back in the day, you’d start up your dial-up internet, most likely with AOL, and your computer would make these obnoxious whrrring sounds, a long, high-pitched eeeeee-rrrrrr, and maybe at some point your family would yell at you to get off the internet because they needed to use the phone? Remember how tediously…… Continue reading How Blogging in the Third World is Frustrating Business

Africa · Madagascar · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

How Peace Corps Volunteers and Celebrities Are Pretty Much the Same

Peace Corps Volunteers may have slightly dinkier houses, and the small animals that share our living space are probably not cute chihuahuas, but in so many ways, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and celebrities are pretty much same same. 12 Ways Peace Corps Volunteers are Like Celebrities 1. People stare at us no matter what we…… Continue reading How Peace Corps Volunteers and Celebrities Are Pretty Much the Same

Africa · Madagascar · The Nomadic Life

In Case of Emergency, Exit Through the Window: A Malagasy Bus Ride

From my vantage point squished in the backseat of a taxi-brousse meant for the smaller bodies of Malagasy passengers, I wasn’t able to see the man until he was halfway out the car’s window, shoving himself out head first with a hot pink Jan sport-backpack in tow. “He’s saying ‘fuck this! This brousse is never…… Continue reading In Case of Emergency, Exit Through the Window: A Malagasy Bus Ride

North America · Oregon · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Hitching a Ride from an Oregon State Trooper

We shyly put our thumbs down when we realized the car headed towards us had the ominous stamp of a state trooper vehicle. That did nothing to stop them from doing a u-turn in the middle of the highway and slowing to a stop just in front of me. Like an angry parent, the driver…… Continue reading Hitching a Ride from an Oregon State Trooper