1. Nicaragua Sweet Shoes

    Every Peace Corps Volunteer misses a favorite food that is not easily available in their host country.  I missed chocolate!  My aunt knew this and she mailed me a 5lb Hershey chocolate bar,  A five pound chocolate bar was quite the attraction in my small town, so we used it as a raffle item to raise funds for the school auditorium we were building.  This building project was my Peace Corps Partnership project,.  The Parent Teacher Committee was working hard to raise funds in Nicaragua to matc...

  2. Namibia Gardening workshop in Namibia

    Learning how to garden using local resources and effective techniques for Namibia. The workshop included PCVs and host country nationals.

  3. Azerbaijan Cheese, etc.

    All locally produced, all the time

  4. Azerbaijan Fruits and nuts!

    The bazaar, one of my last visits

  5. Azerbaijan Fish for sale

    The big bazaar, 3 hours north of my village

  6. Paraguay La Mandarina

      My site is perched on a hill next to the last bit of Paraguay’s Upper Parana jungle.  Twenty-five years ago, it consisted of little more than a handful of indigenous families surrounded by barely-accessible roads and intimidating rainforest, thick as a howler monkey’s beard.  From the air, the forest would have resembled distant ruffled moss, polka-dotted pink and yellow by blooming Tajy trees.  Today, the land is mostly red dirt.  Bald. Deforested.  Over the decades, my site transformed in...

  7. Paraguay T-ray to go

    The popular tea, terere, in the ubiquitous leather-covered thermos and taken everywhere in the heat of summer.

  8. Paraguay Yerba

    A long aisle of yerba, the shredded, dried plant needed to make terere or mate.

  9. Paraguay Firehole

    My friend's dad in front of the tatakua, or fire hole in guarani, used to cook traditional foods.

  10. Paraguay Making gyros

    Coming from a Greek town, I wanted to make my family gyros. This is how we picked up the lamb.

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