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Van-ride through the Gobi Desert

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Why Mongolia? We received this question many times when we announced Mongolia as our chosen destination for Easter vacation. The best answer I can come up with is that we wanted to go… Continue reading

Something was strange on our first day in Kyrgyzstan…

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Something was strange on our first day in Kyrgyzstan. We arrived at 6AM, completely exhausted as that was the second night we’d spent on a plane (first was on the way to Istanbul).… Continue reading

Camping in the Wild

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Just a 2 hour drive away from our home in Iringa is Ruaha National Park. Over the past couple of months we have re-discovered our love for this park (we visited it for… Continue reading

Adventure in the Congo

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Andrew and I have had the privilege to do a lot of really cool things over the past few years, but this short trip *might* have topped them all. Andrew had a work… Continue reading

Life in Iringa

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Andrew and I have lived in Iringa (together) for over a month now, and we are enjoying it immensely. Our weekends are filled with short trips, hiking, birdwatching, and socializing, while the weeknights… Continue reading

The Gibbon Experience and Luang Prabang

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After returning to Bangkok from Koh Lanta, we found an $18 flight to Chiang Mai. $18!! There we met our Peace Corps friends Ginny, Sarah, and Kanoe, who we have traveled with since.… Continue reading

Bangkok and Koh Lanta

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This past Sunday we landed in Bangkok and stayed for two nights before flying to Koh Lanta for some island time. Bangkok was enjoyable since we got to do some things that we… Continue reading

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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We arrived in Cambodia on the evening of the 13th, and at sunrise the next morning we were at Angkor Wat, the most famous of the temples around Siem Reap. We had decided… Continue reading

Phong Nha and Hoi An, Vietnam

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From Bai Tu Long Bay we returned to Hanoi by bus, then got on a night train to Dong Hoi. We were headed for Phong Nha-Be Kang National Park to see some caves… Continue reading

Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam

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So in the Lonely Planet guidebook, it suggests going to Bai Tu Long Bay instead of Halong Bay because it is “every bit as beautiful as its more famous neighbor”. So we booked… Continue reading

Hanoi, Vietnam

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First stop on our COS (close of service) trip…Hanoi! We arrived in Hanoi on Sunday evening and after dropping our stuff off at our hostel, went straight to the weekly night market. The… Continue reading

Closing our Service

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The last week in our village was incredible. We went from party to party, gave speech after speech, were given gift after gift. We were reminded again and again of all the beautiful… Continue reading

The Final Month

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Well, we made it. Our projects are done, and we have one month left to enjoy life in the village.  The time has dragged and the time has flown. Our time here could… Continue reading

Bird-watching with kids

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As our time here starts coming to a close, we are primarily focused on finishing our construction projects and on soaking up our remaining time in the village. We recently made some new… Continue reading

Building a Cook Stove

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Our projects at the school have really been moving lately. One exciting bit of recent progress is that the school kitchen is just about finished. Andrew has been working on figuring out how… Continue reading

Exploring the Pare Mountains

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There are actually quite a few Peace Corps volunteers who live in the South Pare Mountains (as we do), so we recently decided to do a bit of a walk-about from site to… Continue reading

Progress at Last!

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After months of waiting, our community finally pitched in their portion of what was needed to start our construction projects. HALLELUJAH. Less than a week later, they finished the renovations to the school… Continue reading

Waiting…and more waiting.

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There is one thing that probably all volunteers in Tanzania would agree on; Tanzania teaches you how to wait. Waiting 2 hours for your food to come out at a restaurant? No problem.… Continue reading

“Hiking” or, normal life

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Our village is only a few hours hike away from the highest point in the South Pare Mountains, Shengena Peak. “Hiking” isn’t really a concept here in the mountains – for example a… Continue reading

Bees, Goats, and Friend-time

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After our parents left, Andrew and I went straight to a bee and goat training in Morogoro. It was an excellent training, made all the more enjoyable by the fact that we got… Continue reading

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