I’ve been back home for a couple weeks now and I think I’m getting the hang of things. I now own a pair of pants and more than one pair of shoes, so I think I’ve gotten consumerism down. However, I haven’t fully adjusted yet. Here’s some thoughts I’ve had since being back. I only … More In a Strange Old Land
This is the farewell I should have given to my community, but instead I broke down crying and couldn’t speak. To my mommas: You are all amazing women. You took me in and cared for me like I was your sister, your child, your niece. You were there when I was sick and couldn’t fetch … More A Farewell to my Community
*set to the tune of What’d I miss? from Hamilton* Mikaela Cherry’s coming home Mikaela Cherry’s coming home Mikaela Cherry’s coming home Lord she’s been off in Mada for so long… Peace Corps Madagascar is now over, there is no more status quo But the sun comes up and the world still spins My town … More Mikaela Cherry’s Coming Home!
I know I’ve talked a bit here and there about working in rice fields and eating rice, but I’m not sure I’ve explained exactly how important rice is to Malagasy culture. In short rice is life. Most people here eat it three times a day in amounts that would cause. It’s the main crop that … More Rice is Life
Since Mada is known for it’s lemurs I thought I would do a post about some of the lemurs I’ve seen while I’ve been here And last, but not least some a short clip with some of the lemurs I’ve seen
Today I officially close my service as a volunteer. It has been an incredible two years. At times I didn’t think I would make it to this point, but I’m so glad I did. I will be back in the States soon, but I still have a few blog posts I never got to that … More Ringing the Bell!
We survived PC Mada We’re done eating rice Oh Oh it is so nice We survived PC Mada Now we’re RPCVs What does all this mean? Host Families, LPIs, Off radar alabis, Evil ombys, endless broussing, PCTC food Leaky rooftop, vanilla murder No moto rides? Crowing rooster Rice rice rice rice rice rice rice … More We Survived PC Mada (We Didn’t Start the Fire)
The following post is a response to this article. You should probably read it for my commentary to make sense. https://mg.co.za/article/2018-03-16-00-vanilla-fever-fear-sours-the-sweet-scent-of-madagascars-success A few months ago I was trapped in the capital because a cyclone had shut down all the flights to my region. While there I met a couple journalists who were also looking to … More A Response to Vanilla Fever:
Why Visit: Masoala is the largest protected area of Madagascar with 2,300 square kilometers of forests and 100 square kilometers of marine parks. The parks is full of sea shores, mountains, lemurs, birds, and other flora and fauna. Where is it: Masoala is located in the “armpit” of Madagascar, south of SAVA and east of Maronsetra. Getting … More Travel Mada: Masoala
My first cyclone season in Mada passed uneventfully and I thought the rest would be that way as well. PC had told us what would happen if there was ever an event natural or man made that meant we had to leave our sites, but I thought a political coup would be more likely than … More Cyclone Season