1. Niger Goodbye Niger

    It was too green. The cows were too fat, the children too clean, the roads too well-paved. I turned to Mariah, my bus buddy on for the two hours from the airport in Casablanca to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. “Are we really still in Africa?” “I’m not really sure of anything anymore,” she wearily responded. It had been four sleepless days since Peace Corps had announced that we were leaving Niger. Ten anxious days since terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda had kidnapped two French nationals ...

  2. Kenya Tacos or Butt Cheeks?

    This story takes place while I was still staying with my home stay family in Naivasha, Kenya.  During the day we were in language and cultural classes.  The evenings we spent with our new families - talking, having dinner, the sisters helping me with swahili, me helping them with their math. One night when I arrived home, I realized we would be eating early as dinner was already started.  Mama Mary (as so named after her first born, named Mary) was home and called to me "Robin, oka,...

  3. Mozambique Market Camouflage

    Camouflaged by colorful market ware of sarongs and capulanas

  4. Mozambique Local materials

    My sitemate fashioning a reed door for our fence

  5. Mozambique Local Helpers

    The building of our fence became a neighborhood event, and these kids showed up to "help out."  If nothing else, they provided reliable entertainment and comic relief.

  6. Mozambique Little Brother

    My host brother was showing off his climbing skills for the camera.

  7. Mozambique Crianças

    A neighborhood friend showing off her baby sister

  8. Mozambique Xai-Xai Science Fair

    Students explaining their experiments to peers at the regional science fair

  9. Mozambique Bubble Bonanza

    Blowing bubbles with neighborhood children.

  10. Mozambique Bubble-Blowing Contest

    My sitemate and two neighborhood kids, competing to blow the biggest bubble.

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