Tuesday, March 4, 2014

January, February, and the Future!

Woof. January and February FLEW by. I was in village for the first 3.5 weeks of the year (very proud of myself for staying in village for that long, though I did run out of food by the end).

Be forewarned, this is a bit of a massive post. But there are lots of pictures! And new stories! And just fun times in general!

Also, this post will be in chronological order, i.e. I'll be starting with January until reaching up until now!

The New Normal

In a recent e-mail from my dad (hi dad!) he cautioned me about how I was portraying a somewhat skewed view of my life in Togo. And after having thought about it, I realize he may be right (a bit) but also a bit wrong...

My life here in Togo has become...well...life. I've been in village for almost 6 months and I've established a daily/weekly routine that passes the time. I've never been much of a strange thing in village because there have been several volunteers before me.


So I originally started this post in mid-January (I think)

It is now early March...

But what I said then stands now. I am indeed living my own life here in my small village in Northern Togo. I realize completely that is possibly a bit impossible for people to believe. "but you live in AFRICA!" I am beyond aware of that fact, trust me. But at the same time, I'm living life. My life. It just happens to be in West Africa.

This all being said, the past month and a half have been quite hectic work-wise. I'll hopefully get a post up in the next few hours talking about January and February, and what I have coming up in the next few months!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Season!

I can't believe it is already December! As of today (Dec 9th) I have officially been gone from home for 6 months, which is insane.

Not exactly what Xmas will look like in Togo, but close enough

Monday, October 14, 2013


In Service Training (IST) is a training for new volunteers after their first two months of service. The idea is that those first few months are used to integrate ourselves into our villages, i.e. making friends, getting to know the power structure, and things like that. We aren’t really supposed to start working on any big projects (that isn’t to say that we aren’t supposed to do anything at all related to work), but rather focus on getting to know the community we will be living in for the next two years. For many people this includes some work-related activities like attending meeting with womens’/mens’ groups or, in my and other CHAP volunteers cases, helping out at the dispensaire.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Ramblings as promised! They will even be catergorized, otherwise I don’t think this post would be coherent at all. But pretty much this post is the result of me having many, many hours a day where my mind is able to wander and think about pretty much anything and everything under the sun. What results is not-so poetic waxings on some subjects that I thought people may be wondering about how they (the subjects) may be different in Togo. I.e. how I handle certain things here versus in the United States or other parts of Africa(or even au village versus en ville), or how some everyday things/ideas are just plain different here.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Long Time, No Blog

Internet connection, like everything else in Togo, is a crap shoot. On a typical day in village it will take about 15 minutes (and 20-30% of my laptop battery) to send 1 e-mail. Meaning that anything more than that (i.e. Facebook, news, blogging) is virtually impossible. By some massive stroke of luck, my internet key has been working rather phenomenally this past weekend that I've been in my regional capital of Dapaong. And by phenomenally I mean that I have been able to upload photos on Facebook, get caught up on a few blogs that I read, check the news, and post some blog posts!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Post Visit Photos

Here are some photos from Post Visit. Some of these are facebook repeats, so I apologize for that.