Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Come and gone

They came and now they are gone!?! What the? My Mom and Dad were here for three weeks. Maybe I will write about that, but I may not. In any case, you can read about it and see my Dad's beautiful pictures at

Monday, August 24, 2009


Ramadan, the month of fasting, has begun, so here is a picture of the top of the village mosque. There are minarets sculpted from mud on the corners of the building.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kid pics

Friday, August 14, 2009


This is the oldest person in the village. Her name is Tunno, and she walks around every morning before the sun heats everything up. I didn't see her once for my first year, and only heard stories about "Tunno, the 130 year-old dawn-walking woman". Finally I met her- Ayuba, pictured here with her, ran to get me one morning when she made it to our side of town.

She told me that she doesn't see very well, and that it's because of all of the tears she has cried for all of her friends and her family who have died.

That made me sad and heavy, but then Ayuba promised to buy her some sandals, so she wouldn't have to be barefoot anymore, and that cheered both her and me up.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Beautiful horses

Insanely beautiful horsemen who showed up for a wake, and then left:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Rainy season pictures

Stormy sky

Seasonal lake

Seasonal lake

Seasonal lake

Peace Corps bikes, and rain on its way

Monday, August 3, 2009

English class photos

English class happens 5 days a week with 20-27 men in my courtyard. I started with teaching greetings, and are moving on to basic questions, names of places, actions etc. This is one of my favorite parts of the day.

While learning the names of places, I had the guys draw a bunch of pictures on the board. I think these are so great; I didn't want to erase them! Here we have: a mosque, the marker, home, the clinic, the road, the well, school, and the fields.