Tag Archives: travel

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

Posted in VaxTrac | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in VaxTrac | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piecing Together the Nepal Project

I wrote a blog post that was featured on VaxTrac’s website about our work in Nepal. I’m posting it here too because I haven’t yet gone into detail about the work we do at VaxTrac. Enjoy! Part I: Vial to … Continue reading

Posted in VaxTrac | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wherever you go, there you are. And so is Peace Corps.

Peace Corps started working in Nepal again in 2012 after a long hiatus.  There haven’t been too many volunteers yet and none of them are currently in the Far Western Region. And yet Peace Corps kept coming up while we … Continue reading

Posted in VaxTrac | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Namaste Nepal

Namaste is my first Nepali word.  I first heard it when we arrived at the small airport in Kathmandu and a woman in front of us greeted the immigration officer by putting her two palms together as if in prayer and saying … Continue reading

Posted in VaxTrac | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

One Year Later

On March 27, 2013, an emotionally upheaved chela boarded a plane in Managua and, after a short confrontation in the Miami security line when an insensitive man said something like, “We’re in America and these people don’t speak English,” landed in Boston. Upon seeing her … Continue reading

Posted in RPCV | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sometimes she gets away from me.

When walking Maní in Nicaragua, she’d sometimes get away from me.  She’d get into a neighbor’s yard and run around, play with their dog, bark at their cat, stare at their horses, or chase their chickens.  The whole family would … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, RPCV | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Payacuca: a Love Letter

The “Payacuca” bus is my favorite bus in town.  According to town lore (read: my friends William and Fabiola) the bus was named Payacuca because  the owner used to have a route between a community called Payacuca and Matagalpa.  For … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, Volunteer | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Barbara’s Guest Blog: Occupational Therapy in Nicaragua

The primary reason for my trip was the culmination of an international service-learning course I had gotten into at school this past August. Each year, a professor in our Occupational Therapy department takes four students to Managua for a week … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, Volunteer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nica Moments

Every day I have “Nica moments:” picking out produce from the vegetable market; waiting for pupusas (like a flat knish) to get all hot, melted and crispy on the grill; buses breaking down; cows stopping traffic; kids asking me “Cuando vamos a … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, Volunteer | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Maní’s Immigration Tale

This is a story of how Maní Dalia Raptor Spigel’s life changed forever when she left her small community in Nicaragua to embark on a new life in the United States of America. The alarm sounded at 3:15 am. I grabbed … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, Volunteer | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Corn Island. It’s “Alright.”

When I pass by anyone in my town, I give them an elongated sing-songy “adioooooooooooooos.” Conversely, in the States, when I pass by someone, if I even acknowledge them, I give them a curt “hi” or “hello” under my breath. … Continue reading

Posted in Peace Corps, Volunteer | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments