I knew before coming to Timor that this was a country without recycling programs or even national waste management programs. That said, I wanted to bring with me as little packaged health and beauty products as possible. These are the best things I brought with me! Shampoo Bars If you are already friends with me, … More 5 Must-Have Beauty Products in the Peace Corps
I took a little break from writing on here because, let’s be honest… Life in Peace Corps is tough. I’ve been meaning to write more on mental health and taking care of yourself, but being in the deepest of ruts, I couldn’t see myself writing anything worth the read. However, I have recovered quite a … More You’re Resilient, Babe!
Hey everyone! We are getting to the end of the six-month dry season here in Timor-Leste, which means squeezing in the last of the national travel we can do before the rainy season washes away the furthest reaching roads. In September, we went on a five-day mountain adventure, which included angry grandmothers, kind nuns, nights … More From Site to Suai to Same and Back!
Hey everyone! This is a continuation of my last post, which described the first half of my little two-week vacay back in May. This post takes place entirely in the city of Bangkok, Thailand, a city that I feel I could live in. Being there for more than a couple of days made it feel … More Malaysia and Thailand Adventures: Part II
Hey everyone! Back in May this year, Shaun and I went off on our very first international vacation together. During the adventure, we overlapped with Sophie in Thailand. Read her first post about her Southeast Asia travels here and her second one here! So, we went on your classic 15 day vacay, after 8 months … More Malaysia and Thailand Adventures!
Since the 1990s, Peace Corps Volunteers around the world have been carrying out a little something called Camp GLOW: Girls Leading Our World. This year, me and my fellow volunteers carried out our second annual Camp GLOW for our region of Timor-Leste, and it was fabulous! Each country does it a little differently, but ours … More Camp GLOW: Liquica Style
Hey there! I’ve just returned from a belated honeymoon and first wedding anniversary vacation, and let me tell you… it was fabulous! There are so many reasons people are attracted to this little island, and even more reasons to come back and explore some more. Between the proud local culture, easy accessibility to both luxury … More Honeymoon in Bali
Back in the States, I was the kind of gal that would spend my time trying to figure out the root of world problems. I guess that is why I ended up getting a degree in Sociology, and how I ended up doing Peace Corps. It fascinated me to mull over and try to understand why problems … More Found: Your Clothing Donations
We are almost at the one year mark in Timor-Leste (WOOHOOOOO! #wemadeit), and having officially moved into independent housing means lots and lots of experimental cooking. We live on an island with seasonal availability of ingredients, sometimes no eggs for weeks at a time, and a blazing heat that can ruin most dairy products. No problem, Timor. I’ve accepted your food challenges, … More Recreating Home Classics
Living in Timor has opened my eyes quite a lot to the issue of conservation. Like Gianna talked about in her last post, many of the problems we find in the environment are caused by humans messing things up in the first place. We have entire industries piggyback riding on the notion of becoming green and eco-friendly, because we … More What Timor Is Teaching Me About Conservation