The Heat is Real

The Heat is Real

I guess we could say it’s been a hot minute since my last blog update, and it’s been LOTS of hot minutes here lately.  The rainy season has officially wound down, and the past few weeks have been dominated by the relentless pounding of the sun.  Among the many things I’ve learned through this Peace …

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Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a Virtue

I want to thank everyone for patiently waiting on this next blog post! 🙂 However, the title is not in reference to that (although such patience is much appreciated), but rather to summarize a lesson I’m continuing to learn throughout my time in Guyana.  Few things here happen quickly or efficiently, and then one day…everything …

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New Stories

New Stories

You reach for the stars                 In pursuit of something of new You leave what you know                 To experience something true Soon enough                 The new becomes the old Soon enough                 The stories are retold No matter where you are                 No matter what you do …

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The Here and Now

The Here and Now

Hey there — it’s me!  Ya’ll are due for an update, and it’s been awhile, so there’s plenty to cover.  Here we go… Work Stuff Health Center Library:  This is very exciting!  Another PC volunteer had previously introduced a reading library at his health clinic, promoting reading to infants and children at a young age.  …

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Back to Guyana

Back to Guyana

It was like Déjà vu, but a little worse.  The excitement and variety of the holidays was over, and I was at the airport, saying good bye to friends and the comforts of America once again.  The difference being that now, instead of going into the exciting unknown, I knew all too well the situation …

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Finding the Groove in Now

Finding the Groove in Now

It has been over 6 months since I left Salt Lake City, and as I move into the 2nd half of my first year away, I am finally starting to come to terms with the fact that I live here.  It’s very difficult to describe how the first 6 months were being rationalized in my …

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The Good, the Bad, and the UGLY

The Good, the Bad, and the UGLY

As I was thinking about what to include in this update, I was having a hard time coming up with something “good” to report on. Truth be told, the last month or so has not been really great or easy, and as such I was hesitant to even post an update.  But I was told …

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Guyanese Pumpkin & Roti Recipe

Guyanese Pumpkin & Roti Recipe

Pumpkin Curry Ingredients  1/2 lbs pumpkin 3 tbsp oil 1 small yellow onion 5 cloves garlic 2 wiri wiri peppers (scotch pepper) 1  tomato 1 tsp salt to start (add more to suit your taste) dash of black pepper dash of any dried herbs you like 1 sprig of thyme 1/2 tsp curry powder 1/2 …

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Clearly focused with Blurred vision

Clearly focused with Blurred vision

So it has been over a month at site, and I guess it’s difficult to summarize everything that the month has brought.  In a way, it’s hard because there have been so many interesting, funny, and unexpected things that have happened, that it’s hard to capture them all in an update; and in a way …

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Not sure where to Begin, but I’ve Begun

Not sure where to Begin, but I’ve Begun

As the title suggests, I am not sure where to begin.  One July 3, 2014, 32 members of the 26th group of Peace Corps volunteers in Guyana were sworn in to begin a two year commitment to service.  The swearing in ceremony was a dignified event, symbolizing the end of the beginning, and the beginning …

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