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…
Jon and I flew to Malawi for a short trip after I finished up school for the semester. We arrived without a hitch and went to Baylor’s office for the afternoon so Jon could get some work done. I usually just catch up on the Interwebs there but Jon’s boss, Saeed, needed to go to … More Malawi, Part Trois!
Phew! DONE! My two eight-week summer courses (biochemistry and physiology) are complete!! It was a pretty exhausting period because, as I discovered with a rude awakening, I am no longer 20. I’m not even 22. They started off with a bang after missing a day (due to our Mauritus trip): I sat down to read the … More School’s Out for … Spring*!!
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!
Phew! We made a second trip to Malawi and it was… eventful. The trip started with Jon needing to break the telescoping handle of my suitcase at the airport because it wouldn’t go down. More importantly, we got to go to a lovely wedding of one of Jon’s colleagues, Katie, and her awesome Malawian husband, Adam. … More Malawi, Take 2!