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But how do you really feel: A self(ie) portrait through haikus

Local government came and ate all our lunches. Subtle corruption. Woke up dark and cold and there it was: stye. in. eye. Bodes well for the day. I slept to survive the twisting and lurching road. Thanks, melatonin. At a rest stop, I … Continue reading

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A series of haikus about a series of events.

He chose the cafe. “I cannot work here,” he whined. A group move ensued. We began at last. But when his phone rang he left. Captive audience. He watched us standing by our two heavy boxes. Thanks for all your … Continue reading

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When in Benin…

Here is a haiku about my experience at the Ministry of Health today: They leave one by one. Soon, we’re sitting there alone. Successful meeting. Until next time, Lauren

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Window into my Life

My counterpart texted me around 10pm last night to tell me that if I wanted to go to Guapotal for a meeting with the brigadistas, the bus would leave at 6:30 this morning. What’s the theme of the charla? I … Continue reading

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Day in the Life: Jornada de Vacunación

Last March during my site visit, I was thrown into a truck that traversed rivers and mountains until we ended up in several rural communities that I haven’t seen since.  It was an exciting and confusing time.  I spent the … Continue reading

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Going Through Changes*

*I tried, but in the end, could not resist quoting Eminem. Deaths. Last week my municipality experienced its first maternal death of the year.  The woman who died should not have died.  Her pregnancy was high-risk as she was already the … Continue reading

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Radio Malfunction

Here’s how it went down: I gave a charla over the radio to the municipality on the permanent methods of contraception (male and female operations) and felt accomplished for the day. Then my host mom comes up to me: Apagó … Continue reading

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what am i doing

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

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