1. Ghana Funning with bikes

    My host brother and I were just funning around, taking silly pictures.

  2. Ghana Mind Bloom

    I was teaching science in Asesewa, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, in west Africa. Asesewa was mostly isolated at that time. It had no electricity, running water, or telecommunications. I was teaching core science class. I was explaining the Copernican theory of solar systems. I explained how we lived on a planet that revolved around our sun, and that there were other suns with planets revolving around them. One of my girls, normally quite talkative, went quiet. I went on with the lesson. Se...

  3. The Gambia My Husband

    Bubacarr was the youngest son of the director of the bush hospital where I worked. One day he came to me and said that since he is Muslim, he get's to have 5 wives, and I was going to be his first.  I told him that was fine, as long as I got to have 5 husbands. He was ok with that, as long as he was the one in charge. Then I told him that he had to give me a bride price, a present for being his wife. He thought about it for a minute, then me what he would give me as my bride price "Manda...

  4. The Gambia Me and the boys

    In this picture are the two sons of the director of the bush hospital where I worked. In the white shirt is the oldest, Mylamin. And in my arms is the 6 year old Bubacarr. 

  5. Botswana Botswana Sunset

    Summer sunset in Eastern Botswana.

  6. Botswana Sunset Storm

    The view from my kitchen window of sunset before a winter storm.

  7. Niger I had a horse in Africa

    When I was growing up, I was a horse fanatic.  I knew everything about horses--except how to actually ride.  Eventually, I grew out of that.  But shortly after college, I found myself as an agriculture/rural development Volunteer in Anam Tondi, Niger, 8 km through the sand to Ouallam, the nearest market town.  Peace Corps gave us transportation options.  I tried a mountain bike, but quickly (after one trip) realized that 8 km in the sand in 110 degree heat was not what "Outside" mag...

  8. Niger Hot hats

    I went to the little store in my town and found these two boys and girl with self-made grass hats.  I ran home to get my camera and take their picture.  These kids couldn't stop laughing at themselves and their grass hats.

  9. Madagascar The Mikes of the World

    Though focused on an outside visitor to my site and not on the villagers with whom I lived, this journal entry chronicles a day's thought at site in September 2007: A little while ago, something unprecedented occurred in our small town. Three Americans came to Soalala within the same week. After not seeing any Americans at all during the past year and seven months, this was quite a shock. The first to arrive (and the only notable one) was Mike – a professor from the University of Illinois who...

  10. Madagascar Not enough rice

    Traditional way to eat food, plant the plates on the matt, rice dishes in the middle, small amount of protein on the side.  Communcal eating, sand subs in for salt.  For our group of 6, this was not enough rice because in Madagascar, you always want more rice!

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