Just a reminder to thank your toilet! World Toilet Day is Nov 19th and in honor of that here are a few facts about toilets that you might now remember every time you go to flush. -2.4 billion people living without a toilet -892 million people still practice open defecation -Diarrhea caused by poor sanitation … More World Toilet Day!
A day in the life of my host brother. He will 2 in December. 5:00 – I wake up but I’m convinced to go back to sleep so my parents can have a little bit of sanity. 6:00 – Now it’s time for me to really wake up, but I have feelings about this so … More Toddler Life
Madagascar is in the process of changing the look of its currency. It’s also added the new bill, 20,000 A, which is nice for large purchases, but otherwise it’s like trying to buy something at a kid’s lemonade stand with a hundred dollar bill. The SAVA region is a bit different than the rest of … More SAVA Surcharge
Warning: if you don’t want to read about killing a cow you might want to skip this post Step 1: Gather a crowd, 100-200 people should be enough Step 2: buy a cow or two, a ton or rice and get as much cook and silverware as you can find Step 3: have some women … More How to Feed a Crowd
I do not have a monster that lives under my bed (though scorpions are sometimes found there so that might count), but I do have a monster living under my house. I have never seen this monster and while I suspect it is dog I have never been able to varify this. I also could put … More The monster under my house
(Note: Before I begin this post is not to say that only men mansplain or that only men in Madagascar mansplain. This is merely some of my experiences and thoughts on them) “Hello my friend!” I look up from my book, confused why someone I’ve never met is speaking to me in English. Before asking … More Mansplaining in Madagascar
The month of August in 140 characters or less Aug 1: Sword fighting with baguettes with my host brother Aug 2: Why are there so many conconcerts!?! I just want to sleep Aug 5: How many podcasts can you listen to in one day? Aug 6: Why is the neighbor’s cat obsessed with climbing on … More August Twitter Edition
An obstetric fistula occurs in pregnant women when a birth cannot proceed due to size or the location of the baby and a C-section is not available. When this happens the woman will just continue to be in labor for days while her unborn child and the tissue in her uterus, and excretory systems die. … More Op Fistula
Tis the season of drying. Everyday that doesn’t bring rain you’ll find my town hauling out tarps and spreading out their crops. Vanilla and rice are most common, but you’ll also find peanuts and coffee. These days will be spent making sure the vanilla doesn’t get too hot or the chickens don’t get the rice. … More POTD Dry Everything!
I feel like no matter how many packing lists you read you’ll never really know if you’re prepared. Here’s what I would bring if I could do it all again. It should be noted that maybe you shouldn’t actually use this as your packing list, or do, really you’ll be just fine no matter what … More An Alternative Packing List