Under the Knife

It’s been way too long since I’ve written a post. I’m sorry. But I have a very good reason and that’s because I’ve been, quite literally, under the knife. Back in September, I sprained my knee, which lead to being placed on medical-hold and arriving in country for Pre-Service Training a week later than my fellow volunteers…

Embarrassing Moments and Poetry Contests

I don’t normally like to publicize my embarrassing moments, especially over the internet, but this one was so uncalled for and random that it’s hard not to laugh at myself still. This weekend, I visited my host family in Vatasha for the first time in a long time. I arrived Friday night and had dinner…

Work Life

I’ve hardly written about work since I’ve gotten to Stip. I’ve been meaning to. It was top priority when I was thinking about what I wanted to write on my blog. But I found it challenging to write about the ins and outs of my work site and what it is I have been doing,…

And for the next two years, I’ll be…

Two months into site is about the time we start thinking about our secondary projects. Every volunteer is highly recommended, if not required, to get involved in an activity outside of work, be it joining a Peace Corps committee or starting some kind of club. Fortunately, I was placed in Stip, just a couple miles…

Two Months Down

Today is my two month anniversary since I moved to site. Looking back, time went really slowly but at the same time it flew by like a lightning bolt on steroids. There are so many things that happened in the last two months, but when I think about specific moments, there were so many in…

Holiday Hurdles

I’ve been struggling to write a post for a couple weeks now. Sure, I’ve written about my travels in Southeast Asia and even a little bit about swearing in as an official volunteer, but I’ve been having a hard time thinking of what to write for my second post at site because I’ve felt a…

Getting onto the Peace Corps Path

There are few decisions that you make on an everyday basis that have the potential to effect the rest of your life, but every once in a while you have make a choice and put yourself on a certain path. I made a decision like that this last year when I applied to and was invited…

A Very Unexpected Family Reunion

It was sometime in April, shortly after I had gotten back from my mid-term (“spring”) break in Indonesia, that I got a message from a mysterious cousin I had been introduced to on Facebook six months before by one of my second-aunts. He told me that my other cousin (whom I know) was flying to China, that…

D is for Darkness

One of the things I noticed while traveling in Southeast Asia is that almost everything I visited fell under “one of the biggest…” or “one of the most…” categories. I found this especially to be the case while traveling around Malaysia and looking for national parks worth going to and enroute. I was with one of my…

Finding Nemo in Bali

The ocean has always struck me as one of the most fascinating places on Earth. Sea life is just incredible some of my favorite animals – dolphins and manta rays – live in the sea. Although I’m not a big beach person (mostly because there’s only so much laying around in the sand I can do),…

Taking on the Human Radio

There were two countries I really wanted to go to before I left Asia, and those were Indonesia and Myanmar. Indonesia because I always thought of it as more tropical than the other SE Asian countries and its 18,000 plus islands to be packed with different cultures; Myanmar because it’s yet so untouched and unexplored. I was lucky…