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hunting season

Posted by clare on November 29th, 2006

I’m wrapping up a very nice visit to Austin before flying to San Francisco this weekend to house/apartment hunt. If anyone out in the Bay is looking for a roommate or knows someone who is, let’s talk! Here’s my craigslist post: $650 – Returned Peace Corps Volunteer looking for home (berkeley) I’m a newly-returned Peace […]

culture shock: tastes like chicken

Posted by clare on November 22nd, 2006

America is awesome. They put bacon in the lima beans and school colors on the Confederate flag. But no really, it’s awesome. Yesterday I went to Albertson’s and bought every processed cheese, cocoa butter, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil product that I had been craving in Senegal—Mac N Cheese, Oreos, chocolate frosting—and today I packed […]

off the smack

Posted by clare on November 15th, 2006

Today I swallowed my last dose of mefloquine after taking it weekly for over 26 months. Mefloquine (a.k.a. Larium), provided by Peace Corps as one of our options for malaria prophylaxis, has a nasty reputation for causing everything from insomnia to suicidal ideation. When I was discussing Peace Corps with a member of the Berkeley […]

"Senegal Sings"

Posted by clare on November 7th, 2006

The Washington Post has a very nice slideshow of photographs from Dakar set to a Baaba Maal song. It’s part of a groups of articles (1, 2) and slideshows (1, 2, 3) from/about Senegal. I liked that first slideshow because not only have I been to some of the places pictured in it, but I […]

index, two years

Posted by clare on November 7th, 2006

Weeks of Peace Corps training and service: 108 Books read: 108 One-hour miniDV tapes shot: 20 Donkeys captured on video braying: 1 CFA in the village women’s group’s bank account when I left: 369,500 Functioning wells in the village: 2 Square meters of enclosed gardening space next to the new well: 225 Babies born in […]