So! Just to recap, we were supposed to be coming back from our trip to the U.S. and then move to Malawi straight away… Right? Well, slight curveball: some of our plans were predicated on us keeping our SA apartment for future travel (albeit open to any visiting staff from Malawi) and that ended up … More Our (Eventual) Move to Malawi – It’s Been Interesting Already!
I arrived in SA after a long, long flight from Atlanta, which became easier as I sat by a nice couple from New Orleans. We had a quick dinner and went to bed. The next day, I got settled, adjusted and we met Jon for lunch at La Terasse Rooftop Cafe, a Moroccan restaurant in … More Tata (i.e., Michaela) in South Africa (Guest Blogger!!)
Phew! I can’t believe we’ve been in Africa for a year! I feel like so much has happened since we arrived… Honestly, it just feels like yesterday that I was getting on the plane to come here and wrote about my upcoming journey. And since then, we’ve put a home together, made friends, found awesome … More One Year In – What a Year It’s Been!
Hi readers, this is Daniel* (Naama & Jon’s nephew extraordinaire), writing another guest blog, this time about my family’s trip to South Africa. Week One – Pretoria and Joburg During the first week of the trip we stayed at Naama & Jon’s apartment in Pretoria and went to many attractions such as Soweto (Nelson Mandela’s home), … More My* Trip to South Africa (Guest Blogger!)
Kate and Aly guest blogging today! We just got back from an amazing trip to South Africa and are here to write a TripAdivsor-esque review of our time with Naama and Jon. Lodging Place #1 – Naama and Jon’s place is fantastic. We highly recommend the guest room shower. The room has been filled with amenities and … More If You See Something, Say Something* (Guest Bloggers!)
Through the contacts I’ve made here, I was connected with the Country Director of an amazing organization called Mothers2Mothers. They use a model of women who serve as mentors, going into their communities to empower other mothers living with HIV. Their goals, to name a few, are to reduce the transmission of HIV to their … More A Day in the Field…
Last weekend, we had our first visitors that came and spent the night. (We’ve had day visitors in Erin, Ben, Saeed, Stephen, etc. but they haven’t stayed over…) One of my best friends, Tim, and his girlfriend, Maty, traveled to Namibia and extended their layover so they could see our life here. We did a … More Our First (Overnight) Visitors!!
Anyone who knows me very well knows I’m not the most humble person in the world. Which is not to say that I’m conceited, just confident. I also tend to assume the best in people because, well, things have generally worked out pretty well for me so far. I’m not naïve either – I like to … More Humility Comes at a Price
Well, I’m older. And to honor that, Jon and I decided to go somewhere warm with it starting to get colder in SA. We settled on the island of Mauritius, an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. It’s part of the continent of Africa and was a French (and then … More Happy 33rd to Me! (Indian Ocean-Style)
As you may recall from my recent Malawi post, I hurt my big toe. I know, it’s dumb. What was a simple and annoying injury has turned into something that has been all-consuming*, despite my attempts to the contrary. I tried to keep up with my usual schedule – I kept meetings with folks here … More International Surgery – Yahoo!