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In-Service Training

[Sorry this is so late, we thought we had posted it] November 29, 2011 We just got back from spending a week at in-service training (IST).  IST is to designed to help us transition from integration, where we are observing and getting to know our community, to our actual service, where we are actually supposed … Continue reading

Subtle Reminders….

November 18, 2011 Our luck couldn’t have been better as this week started.  Last weekend, we got a fan and finally got some air flowing through our house at night.  In addition, to our surprise our first attempt with Skype went great!  No wonder it is one of Oprah’s favorite things… Sitting in our house … Continue reading

What’s the Weather?!

November 11, 2011 These past few days have had me thinking a lot about the weather here in Swaziland.  There has recently been a pretty spectacular increase in the temperature, and it has led to plummeting motivation, restless nights, and somewhat strange events surrounding our attempts to deal. Moving to Africa (especially from Wisconsin) came … Continue reading

Furry and non-furry friends

October 31, 2011 Happy Halloween! For the last two months I have been sneaking around school grounds with a camera trying to collect these photos of my animal neighbors.  To bring these National Geographic quality photographs to you, I have spared none of my dignity as I tried to hide behind trees and jump out … Continue reading

Eat a bowl of cookie dough, and other accomplishments

October 28, 2011 I am relaxing with Rebecca in our now at least partially furnished living room—filled with slightly less than usual levels of anxiety and reflecting on the events of the past week.` The week began with a beautiful and productive Sunday—laundry, cleaning, planting in our garden, prepping for the weeks activities in the … Continue reading

Grand Opening!

October 21, 2011 It’s been a very busy week for us.  Oliver and I have been working all week to put finishing touches on the computer lab and library because an opening ceremony was scheduled for Friday.   Although we’ve already been operating programs in the spaces, there were a number of things left to do.  … Continue reading

School Begins…

September 18, 2011 Oliver and I finished our first week of school here.   Each school day starts at 7:40 AM with assembly in the school yard.  Students sing several songs in unison and the principal and teachers make any necessary announcements.  Then students are dismissed by grade back to their classrooms.  Oliver and I will … Continue reading

School Tour

  September 7, 2011 School will be starting soon so we took the opportunity to take some pictures of school grounds while it’s still quiet around here.  The first picture shows the school gate with the classrooms beyond it.  The classrooms all have a blue trim along the bottom half so they are easy to … Continue reading

Our House

We made our own episode of Cribs: Swaziland.  Unfortunatly, we can’t figgure out how to get the video in the right format to upload.  So, second best… here are some pictures to give you an idea of where we will be living for the next two years. We are still in the very long process … Continue reading

The Stillness…

August 25, 2011 We’ve had a lot of Swazi cultural experiences lately. Last Saturday, our principal took us to a traditional wedding.   They typically last three days and we went on the night of the second day which involves singing and dancing.  The bridal party dresses in traditional attire and performs which the entire community … Continue reading