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 […]

weekend update

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

So I know this looks bad. I set myself a goal of writing every day for a month and then after just 3 days I basically go MIA for 5 days. Chalk it up to a wonderful visit from a Peace Corps friend for the weekend, a last minute dinner with my pilot friend in […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Stories from San Francisco

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Fiance and I were very lucky to have the same spring break this year, and somehow I managed to talk him into getting on a plane with me and going to visit ones of his bestis in San Francisco. There’s really no need to bore you with all the details of our trip, we did […]

Happy 50th Birthday Peace Corps

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

In many ways, the Peace Corps was born right here at the University of Michigan 50 years ago.  Then Senator and presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy flew into Michigan in the early morning of October 14th, 1960, and when he arrived at the Michigan Union to spend the night he was faced with over 5000 […]

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 […]

You gotta start somewhere, right?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Well, here I am. About 15 days until I climb aboard a plane leaving the US and begin the great Tanzanian adventure. Yesterday I found out that an old friend who had also been planning on leaving for the Peace Corps in Africa this month has decided not to go. I haven’t heard the details […]