My little sister is so cool. At the moment, she’s studying abroad in San Antonio de Jesus, Brasil on an SIT program, conducting a research study on STIs and HIV/AIDS. Here’s a picture of her that showed up in a … Continue reading
After a lovely evening celebrating my friend Erin’s birthday, I got back home to this in my inbox: I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!
Esperar is the Spanish verb meaning “to wait” and “to hope.” Add the ending -ando, and it becomes “waiting” or “hoping.” I love that this one verb has both connotations, because so much hope goes into anything worth waiting for. … Continue reading
In the time since I received my first e-mail from Placement, my life has begun falling into place. I am the newest staff assistant at a medical school in Boston. I am volunteering at an HIV/AIDS organization that conducts sexual … Continue reading
I got my first contact from the Health Desk in the Placement Office yesterday. It was basically the Health Desk saying, “hey, whattup, we have your file.” Here is the most important part: “We will begin our review of your … Continue reading
“Tendría más problemas reales y menos imaginarios.” /“I would have more real problems and fewer imaginary problems.” –Instantes, Jorge Borges I came across this line while reading “Instantes” by Jorge Borges in Spanish class last week. The speaker in the … Continue reading
Have you ever had a moment of doubt about the Peace Corps? While watching Maria Full of Grace, which takes place in rural Colombia, I had one of these what the hell am I doing moments. The movie begins by showing … Continue reading
After faxing in the missing documentation of my Polio booster and Hep B Core Antibody blood test last Tuesday, I woke up to this little guy in my toolkit last Thursday: Today Mom picked me up from work and waved … Continue reading
My roommate Leo left for China last week! This is Leo: If you also just left for China, please, be his friend. GOOD LUCK LEO AND THE REST OF THE NEW CHINA PCTs!
Two major roadblocks stand between me and Peace Corps-dom: medical and family. I’ve made some progress on both fronts this past week. 🙂 Let’s start with medical. Friday morning I awoke to a toolkit update. They’re reviewing my medical file!! Totally … Continue reading
Well, I’m jumping on the blog bandwagon. I promised myself to hold out until the summer. At least until I get medical clearance. But here I am, blogging about the Peace Corps before I really know anything about my assignment. … Continue reading