thanks for the laughs africa

girlwithgumption kedougou, senegal, peace corps senegal

My last days in Kedougou were a steamy, hot, emotional mess. A blur of left-handed handshakes, gift exchanges, and screaming children—for some reason all the women I worked with thought it would be appropriate to “offer” me their babies to take back to America, I respectfully declined but gave them Madonna and Angelina Jolie’s contact info. On my last day, …

my abusive boyfriend

girlwithgumption kedougou, senegal, peace corps senegal

Senegal is a boyfriend that treats me bad. He makes me feel small and helpless, unable to control even the smallest things around me. Want clean clothes? A nice warm bath? Something different to eat? Too bad. Senegal controls all that. I am at the mercy of his whims. He takes his toll physically as well. I have spent days …

sugarcoated

girlwithgumption kedougou, senegal, peace corps senegal

It has been brought to my attention lately that I haven’t been being completely honest. This blog is a collection of stories and anecdotes about my time so far with the Peace Corps, but I have chosen to omit quite a bit. You see, I’ve been sugarcoating the truth. Only telling bits and pieces of what my life is actually …

hanging by a thread

girlwithgumption kedougou, senegal, peace corps senegal

Early Termination is a strange taboo that seems to haunt every volunteer’s psyche. We all know that with simply one phone call, we could call it quits and be on a plane back to America and back to everything we left behind… The reality of how little is keeping us here really hit home today. I am disappointed and heartbroken …

the hardest part?

girlwithgumption kedougou, senegal, peace corps senegal

I can’t say that I wasn’t warned. Just about every returned volunteer I spoke with before leaving for Senegal told me that the months between Pre-Service Training and In-Service Training would be the hardest. During the first three months my main goal is to settle-in, learn the language, and integrate into my new community. And try not to go stir …