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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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  • How I spent September’s PCV stiped

    I started spending September’s living allowance the day we got paid in August. Albeit two trips to the office, purchasing lots of food, and lots of transport for Umhlanga, I still came in under budget. I still ran out of … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Wednesday photo: Umtsimba dancing

    A few months ago I participated in my first Swazi wedding. The bride had already been teka-ed and lobola was finally paid. The bride was my make’s elder sister, and I am guessing it had been 40 years since her … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A traditional wedding, part one: The teka

    Making the bride cry tears of sadness because she is leaving her home and becoming part of another family is an integral part to first large segment of a traditional wedding. The teka follows the kujuma (sleepover), where the bride … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Embracing Swazi culture

    In the two months that have passed since the end of Umhlanga, I have met so many astonished and proud Swazis and Zulus. People are still telling me that they saw me dancing and everyone is impressed. Some ask me … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A funny story about my vomit

    This was my second round of vomiting since moving to Swaziland. Both lack explanation and both were incredibly misery-inducing. The first round was during PST, and I had to participate in a presentation while trying not to vomit on my … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Wednesday photo: Food for 700

    A couple weeks ago I was invited to a teacher’s retirement party. I ended up in the kitchen helping out, because you can always use two more hands when you are feeding 700 people.        We filled 600 clam … Continue reading &rarr […]