And then it was done

Two weeks went by in a blink. Would I go back again? Yes. I was asked what my biggest surprise was? And I don’t know if I was surprised  by anything outright.  I would say there are things I didn’t think about until I got there that were obvious 'oh yeah' moments. I think coming... Continue Reading →


Before leaving  LA, I was told that anything I brought to wear, had to be below the knee. This was most important for attending church, which ideally a skirt or a dress needs to be worn. Wearing clothing that's an appropriate length, is a cultural norm. If a woman were to choose to ignore these... Continue Reading →

School Day

School starts at 7am, which means everyone is awake at least by 6:30. Most mornings I wake up to what smells of campfire, but it is the burning of trash. Everyone in the neighborhood burns their trash, at different times of day, but the smell is more prevalent in the mornings. This is at the... Continue Reading →

A Little More Set Up

Victor and Christina live in the city of Nampula. Nampula is in the the north eastern part of Mozambique. It's the the third biggest city in the country, and it's relatively diverse. Mozambique as a country drives on the left, which is already a little disorienting. But being in a car is little like you're... Continue Reading →

Upon Arrival

View from the plane The Nampula airport is the smallest airport I've been to in a couple of weeks. The  baggage carousel, the immigration officers stamping passports, security screening, and a customs office are all within 20 feet of each other. And for such a tiny airport, I arrived with maybe 20 other people, in... Continue Reading →

But First…

Before I explain what I’ve been doing since I’ve been in Mozambique let me explain why I wanted to come here. I have known Christina since I was born. My parents and her parents have been long-time friends since high school. My siblings and I stagger between Christina and her siblings, which is like having... Continue Reading →


The trip to Naples was worth if for Pompeii alone. Pompeii is an ancient Roman city, that was buried by volcanic ash due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. There’s a couple of different train lines to get there, which were super confusing, and I definitely  got on a wrong train, at one point.  I... Continue Reading →

A Blog Post to Make You Hungry

At the suggestion of Shelly, my AirBnB host in Rome I left for a few days and went to Naples. After reading  My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante earlier this year I was curious as to what Naples was like. My Brilliant Friend is part of the Neapolitan Novels, but I’ve only read the first one... Continue Reading →

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