'Tanza-frikin-nia' Archive

It’s Peace Corps Week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eight years ago I packed up about 50 pounds of my life and got on a plane bound for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Sometimes (frequently) it seems like a dream that I lived 2 years of my life in a farming village in the north eastern mountains of Tanzania.  But seeing as how every morning […]

Five years ago

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Five years ago this week I was saying goodbye to my friends and family in Minnesota.  I saw one last movie with my oldest little brother (Little Miss Sunshine, which bears an uncanny resemblance to parts of my life).  I flew to Boston to say good bye to some college friends and spend one last […]


Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Yesterday, Fiance and I celebrated the Fourth of July with a Tanzanian favorite, Kachumbali (or Kachumbari). Kachumbali is a very simple salad that is all kinds of delicious.  It is made up of red onions, tomatoes and salt in its most basic form, and can also include cucumbers, green peppers (not my favorite addition, but […]

On Tanzania

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Our trip back was everything we hoped it would be.  It was wonderful to catch up with our Tanzanian friends, to visit our schools and see the new developments at each, and to catch up with current and former Peace Corps Volunteers. It was interesting how much our one week stay in the village reflected […]

A few things I noticed upon return

Friday, May 27th, 2011

All the leaves are here.  When I left, many of the trees were still just starting to leaf out. Gas  prices are back under $4.00.  Thank. God. Tanzania mountain roads during the rains make Michigan potholes seem much more manageable. Ya’ll are still here.  We thought maybe no one in Tanzania was raptured.


Friday, May 13th, 2011

Dear Blog, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I’m going back to Tanzania in a few days.  It will just be a short visit, especially compared to how long the traveling to get there will take.  But for 7 days I will be back, living the village lifestyle,  waking up to roosters […]

everything at once

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I’m leading a very busy life these days.  And working hard at becoming more efficient.  And definitely failing at spending less time doing goofy time wasters like facebook stalking friends. I decided it would be a good idea to take 4 classes this semester.  That’s up from the one I took last semester, and also […]

thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday.  I mean really, how can you go wrong with a holiday dedicated to food, family, friends, and being grateful for what you’ve got. I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving a number of ways.  Big extended family dinners complete with the kids table. Smaller immediate family Thanksgivings.  Double the Thanksgiving after my […]

An evening with Paul Theroux

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

I’m lucky enough to be here at the University of Michigan during the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.  And the celebrations have been great at the birthplace of my favorite government organization. On Wednesday I attended a talk by Paul Theroux, renowned author and former Peace Corps volunteer.  He talked on “How the Peace […]

packing up and coming home

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Well it happened. Two years came to an end, and I’m looking at my last 30ish hours in Tanzania. Not going to lie, the last 3 months or so have been really tough. Or at least the first 2 months of the last 3 months – which translates into September and October. I found my […]