1. Bulgaria In house dance party

    On a stroll through the Roma Quarter/ghetto to visit some students, I was able to catch this dance party going on through someone's open kitchen door. 

  2. Bulgaria Fun on the ice

    The local municipality donated three free 1-hour sessions on the winter ice rink to the kids at our Roma middle school in the Samokov mountains - the "Capital of White Sports"

  3. Bulgaria Celebratory Horo

    The Roma middle school in Samokov, Bulgaria celebrates the national culture holiday last May by dancing the Bulgarian folklore horo as a school. 

  4. Turkey Vermont Saw Mill

    This was running of longest-running water powered sawmill in Vermont that was retored by Turkey V PCVs in 1964 during training.  I revisited Calais, Vermont site in 2009.  Restoration has been written up in Boston Globe, among other newspapers.

  5. Bulgaria Christmas Dinner

    I returned to my host family's house for Christmas dinner.

  6. Bulgaria High School Students Performing the Thriller Dance

    For the Halloween Party at my High School the students performed Michael Jackson's Thriller Dance.

  7. Ukraine What The Cluck?

    Something happened at the local bazaar the other day. While doing my daily produce shopping I found myself in perhaps the most helpless and intriguing situation I've been in thus far here in Ukraine. It began with a bump and ended with a thud. Someone had elbowed me in my backside. A mistake, more than likely. People squeeze into the narrow paths of the markets on their way to and from the many kiosks like wriggly little fish would if you were to put them all in the same bowl. The jab to my...

  8. Ukraine In Winter, Still a Warm Place

      Winter has arrived, that bitingly cold and miserably wet season dreaded by many PCVs in Ukraine. For me, it’s my first. Having arrived in March of 2010, I’d only heard the horrors of the worst Ukrainian winter in decades, about stranded buses, and broken space heaters, streets caked with ice and the feeling of being held prisoner in your own apartment. In June, while listening to these stories told by group 36 and 37 volunteers, I felt as though winter was a world away. Now, it’s here.   Tr...

  9. Ukraine Kiev Pechersk Lavra

    The Kiev Pechersk Lavra, one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, with its golden tops and intricate ornamentations, is best when visited on a sunny summer's day. Its sprawling grounds, home to a number of underground caves, overlook Kiev's Dnieper River.

  10. Turkmenistan Turkmen Friends

    This is one of my favorite photos. I snapped it while walking home after class with some of my advance students. These girls became my friends, teaching me about the lives of young women in Turkmenistan. During a recent phone call with my host family I found out that one of these girls just got married. On the one hand I'm a little sad: just 19 years old, she's been trying to pass the university entrance exams for several years, and by getting married it seems she's probably given up; on the ...

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