Writing my name!
Well this weekend I had another déjà vu moment in the campo, when my life felt exactly like an episode of The Simple Life. Another day, another 5:00 am wake up call. This time, my host dad and brother took me to learn how to herd and milk cows. Now, on my resume under special skills I can put expert at killing chickens and milking cows. Basically, post Peace Corps I am going to be ready to start my career as a farm hand, maybe assistant farm hand. I was, as usual, in for a few surprises on this little outing. First I discovered that milking cows is not as easy as it looks on tv. It took me three times, and three different cows, to finally get it. I also assumed that the family had one maybe two cows and that this little outing would last no more than a half hour and then I could go back to bed. Wrong. 15 cows and two and a half hours later we were done. I really should never assume anything here, since I am always wrong. My favorite part of these early morning outings is getting the chance to watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of San Nicolas- something you miss out on when you wake up at 8:30am. I don’t know if this scenery will ever get old. It is also really nice to spend time bonding with my host family outside of the house. They always get a kick out of teaching me how to do something new, and it is nice to interact with my host dad out side of the ADESCO/ Peace Corps realm. Everyday I am starting to feel more at home here and more so apart of the family. It truly is the people that make a place, and I feel fortunate to have such welcoming and warm people to work and live with for the next two years.
Ethiopia - 1973
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shout out to all our loved ones who are serving far away from home today.
In honor of Norman Rockwell’s birthday, here are the paintings from his Peace Corps series!
Making Kimchi in South Korea - 1975 #Asia #SouthKorea #PeaceCorps #food #cooking #kimchi #tbt #throwbackthursday #latergram #blackandwhite
Acting-director Carrie Hessler-Radelet gets ready to throw out the first pitch at the @Nationals vs @Braves game during #PeaceCorps Night at #Nationals Park #baseball #MLB #RPCV
Albania girls have fun at an English camp organized by Peace Corps Volunteers that gave students an opportunity to practice speaking the language with native speakers and develop creative thinking skills. #Albania #EasternEurope #fun #girls #camp #language #laughter #creativity #peacecorps #latergram
"The photo shows the owner of the home we stayed in for the two years of our Peace Corps service. My parents sent me the Mad magazine and I shared it with him. I don’t know that he understood the humor of Mad, but he seemed interested. The photo was taken in the yard of the home we lived in looking north toward the volcano Kanlaon from which the town gets its name." - Peace Corps Volunteer Richard Johnsen (Philippines - 1964) #madmagazine #funny #Asia #Philippines #peacecorps #culture #culturalexchange #throwbackthursday #tbt #1960s