"This photo was taken in my first village, a small Bulgarian Muslim community in northeastern Bulgaria. I was playing in my yard one day with three of my girls, and we just enjoyed one another’s company through games, eating apples, and air guitar. This was one of those simple and defining moments of service when I realized, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, that our work here goes far beyond the technical guidelines. As I read before I came, we expect to give, but in fact we receive much more than we are able to share. These girls gave me so much inspiration, love, and hope. I hope I gave them the same. And we will always remain friends!" - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Karina E. Strange

"This photo was taken in my first village, a small Bulgarian Muslim community in northeastern Bulgaria. I was playing in my yard one day with three of my girls, and we just enjoyed one another’s company through games, eating apples, and air guitar. This was one of those simple and defining moments of service when I realized, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, that our work here goes far beyond the technical guidelines. As I read before I came, we expect to give, but in fact we receive much more than we are able to share. These girls gave me so much inspiration, love, and hope. I hope I gave them the same. And we will always remain friends!" - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Karina E. Strange

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Pulaar Proverbs (My Favorites) (via mikadoo)

Baasal warataa kono na tampina

Poverty does not kill but makes one tired

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Si bahe cumɗi gooto fof ñifata ko waare mum

If the beards are all on fire, each person must put out his own beard

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ɓe nengasa ɓe ne nguuba yaajay kono luggidtaa

If some are digging and some are burying it will be wide but never deep

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Mawɗo ina jooɗoo yi'ii cukalel ɗaroo roŋku yi'ude

A seated elder sees what a standing child misses

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