Archive for the 'Peace Corps year 2' Category

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 […]

The Honeymoon

Posted by clare on October 31st, 2006

Everyone who asks me how my readjustment to the U.S. is going does so with just a hint of morbid expectation, as though they’re looking for signs of an impending meltdown—or at the very least some involuntary twitching. However, after a week of re-immersion in the warm, soapy bath of American culture, I’m here to […]


Posted by clare on October 24th, 2006

Go West, Young RPCV

Posted by clare on October 22nd, 2006

My last African sunset, for a while at least: And me—headed in that direction later tonight: To everyone who offered support and encouragement during the past two years: You were all an integral part of my Peace Corps experience—thank you, thank you.

the R + a few lists

Posted by clare on October 19th, 2006

Today, with the brief flourish of a pen, I became an RPCV. Granted, before that there were also mountains of paperwork, rivers of blood tests, and three poop samples—but the final moment was, as most endings are, anticlimactic. No brass band, no ticker tape parade, just a little boogie in the hallway and the dawning […]


Posted by clare on October 14th, 2006

A series of photos of my favorite photo subject in the village: Kanni’s youngest daughter, Aadama. I watched her go from the Terrible Twos to the Terrible Threes and almost to the Quite Sociable Fours. She stayed cute-beyond-all-reason throughout.        

new photos

Posted by clare on October 12th, 2006

New photos are up for month 23, demystification, and The End. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but if I’d written a thousand words for every photo I uploaded, I’d be done with my final reports and essays by now.

walk on

Posted by clare on October 11th, 2006

I left my village for the last time on Monday morning. I had packed my hut the day before, so there was nothing to do in the morning but sit in the compound and wait for two hours while the boys found a horse and charette. There was no sign of Bandi, which was okay […]

donkey of the month, september

Posted by clare on September 28th, 2006

I stood for about 15 minutes, video camera on standby, waiting for this jackass to do the trumpeting braying performance, but he just wandered around eating grass. Kinda a peephole/spy camera view, yeah? That’s my wide angle adapter I’m holding.

index, month 22

Posted by clare on September 24th, 2006

Consecutive days with rainfall in Tamba: 7 Ratio of days in the village to days out of the village: 1:2 Maximum number of weeks the garden fence was intact before part fell down: 3 Meals I cooked for my compound: 1 Ratio of profit from jewelry sales that the women’s group distributed among themselves in […]