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Alison is currently writing about life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland. She regularly writes about her permagarden, the food she cooks, her chickens, and quick snippets of life.

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  • Wednesday photo: Maize harvest

    The maize has been harvested the last few weeks. I didn’t know how to visualize in  cobs the amount that was planted and growing.  Now I can.     This is only about half of our maize. Some has already been … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The chicken diaries: Daily life

    I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story. Having two living things partly under my responsibility (Make loves them as her own) has meant that I have … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Monthly expenses as a PCV in Swaziland

    Every year, each Peace Corps post reevaluates the monthly stipend the country’s Volunteers receive. I track my expenses each month because I have for many years, but in March, we had to report our expenses to Peace Corps. There was … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A moment in my life: A week without professions of love

    So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Wednesday photo: Maputo

    I had only heard negative things about Maputo before traveling there. I experienced nothing negative and was so happy to be in a bustling place for a few days with endless blocks to walk.     Maputo is a fishing town … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Wednesday photo: Veggies and trash

    As I have been double-digging beds in my garden here in Swaziland, I have encountered lots of trash. Trash in the garden, you say? Why, yes, because in rural Swaziland there is no trash pickup service, so people either burn … Continue reading &rarr […]