1. Bangladesh Bangladeshi Wedding.

    My host sister got all dolled up for her wedding.  Then completely freaked me out when she cried the whole time and screamed not to be taken from her family.  Only later did I learn that was all part of the ceremony.  When I saw her a week later, she and the new husband were so happy. 

  2. South Africa End of Celebration

    I had the opportunity to be invited to many weddings in and around my village.  I was always amazed at the amount of food that was prepared.  A cow was always killed for the celebration, then a sheep, plus the different types of porridge, pap, sour pap, gravy and more.  Here are all the pots cleaned up and ready to be delivered back to the rightful owners. 

  3. East Timor Concerning Poop

    Let me first address the smelly elephant in the room, our good friend poop.  In America poop is a private thing.  We take it to another room and modulate its thickness and or frequency with a variety of pills and powders.  People who have trouble with their poop will take a day off work complaining of a cold or some other, less embarrassing, trouble.  And in return our stable American poop agrees to keep to a normal range of colors and consistencies. Not so in Timor.  Poop, its frequ...

  4. Fiji Fire Walking

    An annual Hindi fire walking celebration at a rural Hindu Temple in Fiji

  5. Paraguay Painting the the church

    To celebrate San Juan the community painted the church a bright yellow. This picture was taken at a morning terere break. 

  6. Ukraine Host Mom Dynamo

    My best memory of my host-mom is how hard-working and industrious she was. She would be up every morning at dawn or earlier to cook the family breakfast. She had to send her daughter and me off with coffee and a very good meal. After that, she busied herself in her very productive garden for most of the day. She turned the soil, planted, weeded, watered and coaxed an abundance out of her garden. There was nothing she wouldn't tackle.  In the evening, dinner was a delicious meal. Many times th...

  7. Mozambique Nao e tudo bom...

    This photo is of a boy sleeping in front of a cellphone ad for Vodacom, one of two cell phone companies in Mozambique.  The irony is their motto: Tudo bom means "everything's great".  This photo clearly showed everything was not great.  The photo was taken a day after a popular music festival celebrating the timbila, the original xylophone. 

  8. Mozambique After hours and still working!

    Some evenings, especially during my first year of the Peace Corps, I would help serve in the school cafeteria where I was a teacher.  The students always got a kick out of me helping prepare the food, serve it, and especially clean up at the end of the meal.  I learned that when you have mess hall duty, you have to shovel your own plate down as fast as you can to get right back to work behind the serving counter.  I always had a great time speaking English with students who were not mine and ...

  9. Mozambique Sisterly Love

    I was viviting my husband's family and enjoying a nice Fanta, probably Fanta Laranja-Orange, on a hot summer day.  His cousins were playing in the yard for awhile when Celia decided she wanted to play "mommy" to Lisa who promptly fell asleep.

  10. Morocco Cement Mixer

    Improving our village's irrigation channels meant bringing endless donkey-loads of cement, sand and rocks up to the construction site, mixing and pouring them by hand. The result: increased irrigation water for all of the fields in the village.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.