My student Overland (pronounced Oh-ver-láwn-dee) was named for the text his father saw on a truck in an American movie.

Overland often rode his horse to the family farm in the countryside to fetch fresh milk for his family. Occasionally, he stopped at the home Brunie (another PCV) and I shared. We boiled the milk and added cocoa powder and sugar, then we lingered over Overland's favorite beverage, hot chocolate.

Since our only transportation (except for buses to other cities) was our feet, once in a while Overland loaned me his horse to run errands.


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