Solo but not alone

“Lady get out of the car!” It was almost 11:30 pm the first night of my solo trip in northern China and the taxi driver was yelling at me in heavily Shanxi accented Chinese. I pulled the door closed again and yelled back, “My phone app says we still have 3 kilometers to go!” Next…

Peace Corps China, Meet Peace Corps Rwanda

“Your hardship will be mental, not like the physical hardship of digging your latrine, or carrying water five miles in the heat.” “Welcome to Posh Corps.” “I bet Volunteers in other countries would hate us if they could see us eating ice cream in an air-conditioned room right now.” Discussions about Peace Corps China always…

Echoes

Impact: Memories Hot, humid summer days spent waiting in anticipation of what’s to come. A new job with unclear expectations and the specter of my predecessor hanging over everything I do. I don’t know if it’s the summer heat or the nerves of the unfamiliar, but I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve done this…

Clothes and Time

Second semester at site is zipping by. Somehow, it’s already May and I’ve had to pack up all of my (three) sweaters. Swapping wardrobes makes the passage of time more real than simply watching the date on my phone change. I went to the Peace Corps office a few days ago for what was meant…