enjoy video tours of my mud hut in the middle of the zambian bush!
It took a few months to really settle into my mud hut and make it a home. In Zambia, most people have their house and chikuta, the kitchen, separately. I had a house, a chikuta (about 20 yards from my house), a pit latrine and a shower area (about 5 yards from my house). When … Continue reading a journal entry: 24 sept 2008
When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, I served in Southern Province, Zambia. This usually doesn't mean much when you tell someone where you served. BUT, if I told you it's where Victoria Falls is, then you might have an idea of where I was. And if you can't locate it on a map, you have probably … Continue reading a journal entry: 31 aug 2008
As the day’s hot unforgiving sun fades into the maize fields on the horizon in Siambele Village, a cool respite takes over the farm and I walk into the chikuta. The mud bricks in the worn and well-used kitchen are blackened from years of open wood fires that have been keeping 18 people fed, washed … Continue reading Every Evening in Siambele
10 years ago, I was in Peace Corps in Zambia. I was living in a mud hut, no electricity, no running water, and having an amazing, challenging life changing experience. Since it's been 10 years, I decided to randomly peek into my journals and share with you what I wrote at the time. Raw, unedited, … Continue reading a journal entry: 3 Aug 2008
imagine the human history you could see if you were a baobab!
I was planning a trip to Africa and knew that Jen was also going to be there. I initially didn't think I was going to be there at the same time, but decided to change my plans so I could be. And she then asked me if I could be a part of the Planning … Continue reading #arts4change, kusafiri in madagascar
I've discovered that a few things happen to me when I am in Africa. 1. My tan comes back. I don't know when, but apparently I've been in the sun long enough for a bit of my tan to come back. The only reason I can tell is that I have a white band around … Continue reading A few things happen
3 days in Ghana and I've stepped back into the surreal world of Africa! The training centre where we are staying is absolutely fantastic. They are just finishing up the upgrade and the place is new and clean and very comfortable. I have my own room and my own bathroom! The first day, no electricity. … Continue reading Shop Rite
It's a tough feeling to be homesick for a place that most people wouldn't see as a home. You say you are homesick but no one really understands how that is possible. No electricity. No running water. No McDonalds. No television. No computers. Everyone focuses on the differences. How could I possibly miss a place … Continue reading Homesick