Yesterday was my first full day as an RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). Except, I’m not returned. My friend Liz, who I’ll be travelling with for the next few months, joked that it meant “Recovering Peace Corps Volunteer”. That seems more suiting, since neither of us will return until Christmas. But whatever it means, it’s a pretty…… Continue reading Veloma Madagascar — I’m an RPCV Now!
I need to get out of Madagascar. And I will leave, to East Africa, in 40-some days. Don’t take this to mean I dislike Madagascar — I’m lucky to have been placed here for my service in Peace Corps and there some truly wonderful things about the island, but two years is enough. I like to use the analogy of…… Continue reading Breaking Up with Madagascar
Bringing you a travel snapshot from Beat Nomad’s travel archives each and every Tuesday I recently found a blog describing Diego Suarez (the northernmost city in Madagascar, known as Antsiranana in Malagasy) as a “small fishing village”. It made me giggle a little, but then again, everything is relative. It’s small by western standards and…… Continue reading A Skipped Beat: Tuesday Travel Snapshot in Diego, Madagascar
Happy May, blogosphere. I’m sure for most of you it means a thawing out of the winter that lingered in the northern hemisphere, but for my part, I’ve been camping out in the same pair of sweatpants and light sweater-down-jacket combination for the past three days. Normally, I hate cold weather, but somebody imported maple…… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Antsirabe is Madagascar’s Best Urban Destination
Even though we had agreed neither of us felt like drinking beer that day when we left the house in the morning, by the time my friend and I – both of us girls – sat down for lunch we didn’t even have to ask the other to know that we wanted the waitress to…… Continue reading Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Madagascar
I wrote this blog post back in October at the beginning of the school year, but somewhere along the way failed to post it. It may have lost some of its relevancy, but seeing as how tomorrow is the end of Christmas vacation and the beginning of our second trimester, I thought I would go…… Continue reading My Second Year in the Peace Corps
Since the beginning of May, protests have been held the capitol. Several minor incidents of violence were reported on the embassy’s website. Some public school teachers began striking for better pay early in the year, and many have since joined. They continue to strike. (In response, at least one of my friends has been stealth-teaching…… Continue reading Volunteering in the Shadow of Madagascar’s 2009 Political Coup