Category: Travel & Adventure

I Leave for Africa with the Peace Corps on October 4th

It's all confirmed; I leave for Africa with the Peace Corps on October 4th. I called to make sure all my paperwork was in order, as I hadn't received a confirmation in writing, and I...

A Lifetime Experience Crammed into Two Weeks

I'm having a lifetime experience crammed into two weeks, on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, working as a volunteer teacher in a local public elementary school. From now on, I've decided to take volunteer vacations...

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My First Impressions of Volunteering in Thailand

It's been one week since I landed at Bangkok International Airport, and today is my first day of teaching a first grade class how to count numbers one through ten in English. I'm nervous after observing...

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My First Experience Having Google Banned

I experienced first-hand what it’s like to have Google and FaceBook banned. I was not able to logon to either at the airport in Shanghai, and asked a young Chinese woman working at the airport...

What’s Happened to Me? Let The Adventure Begin

  What's happened to me? I used to shop at Nordstrom and Brighton Collectibles, and all of a sudden, I find myself spending hours at REI, Patagonia and other outdoor/camping retailers, looking at fast-drying, microfiber towels that...

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I Got My Medical Clearance From the Peace Corps

  I GOT MY MEDICAL CLEARANCE FROM THE PEACE CORPS After numerous shots, blood tests, x-rays and doctor visits, I finally got my medical clearance from the Peace Corps. It's only been a year since I first applied...

Am I Going to Live on Papa in Lesotho?

I'm getting prepared for my 27 months in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, in southern Africa, and it looks like I'm going to live on Papa in Lesotho. Papa even has its own special wooden...

Less Stuff = Freedom + Happiness

I'm a "happy" person so why did I buy a book called, Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, by  Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D? Because it explains why I want to go back to Africa, and...

Ian Mathie: A Life of Adventure, Danger and Excitement in Africa

Ian Mathie, one of my favorite memoir authors, has packed more adventure, danger and excitement during his thirty years in Africa, than anyone living a 'normal' life at home. I spent a weekend with Ian and his wife, Gay,...

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Volunteer Teaching in Thailand With Bamboo-Project

I need experience teaching before serving with the Peace Corps in Lesotho, South Africa this year, and what better way than volunteer teaching in Thailand with Bamboo Project. Since I love tropical islands, I figured why not pick a...

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