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18 candid (and conflicting) Malawian responses to "What's America like?"

Eating Burger King in Qatar airport rn. Super nice. Next stop: Bangkok!

You can take the PCVs out the village…

Our plane left Lilongwe at 1:30 and we landed here In Joburg before 4:00. In these four and a half hours we have already made it abundantly clear we are in for some culture shock.
Examples:
- the plane food was great
- I was overwhelmed by the fancy Joburg airport and was unable to make water come out the sinks (there’s no knobs!) said under my breath, “this is the future!” and left with unwashed hands.
- “We can drink the tap water!?”
- “Woahhh, parking garage!”
- “is there a water heater we have to turn on? …no? Like hot water just comes out all the time!?”
- And the big British personal trainer I sat across from at dinner was complimented me on how much I put away at the buffet dinner. (and I think I could have kept going)

Currently watching Beverly Hills Cop in a hostel living room. Tomorrow: Qatar!

COS’dLast day in Malawi! Tomorrow airport -> Joburg for 23hrs -> Qatar 8hrs -> Bangkok! 

COS’d

Last day in Malawi!
Tomorrow airport -> Joburg for 23hrs -> Qatar 8hrs -> Bangkok! 

Aug 8

What I’m imagining using new tech will be like when I COS

peacecorpsgifparade:

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Aug 8

MY GO TO RESPONSE WHEN SOMEONE ASKS ME WHAT MY PLANS ARE AFTER COS:

howapcvputsitgently:

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Philippines

Aug 8

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

-  Dalai Lama

Aug 7

When I first traveled, I was naive, sloppy, wide-eyed, and nothing happened to me. That’s probably where the dumb luck came in. Then I began to read the guidebooks, the State Department warnings, the endless elucidation of national norms, cultural cues and insults and regional dangers, and I became wary, careful, savvy. I kept my money taped inside my shoe, or strapped to my stomach. I took any kind of precaution, believing that the people of this area did this, and the people of that province did that. But then, finally, I realised no one of any region did anything I have ever expected them to do, much less anything the guidebooks said they would. Instead, they behaved as everyone behaves, which is to say they behave as individuals of damnably infinite possibility. Anyone could do anything, in theory, but most of the time everyone everywhere acts with plain bedrock decency, helping where help is needed, guiding where guidance is necessary. It’s almost weird.

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Dave Eggers (via millionsmillions)

(worth the long read)

Aug 3

It has been 738 days since I was last in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

When I was last in America everyone was looking forward to the Dark Knight Rises coming out in theaters next month. Call Me Maybe was a hit song on the radio. There were no Brooklyn Nets. None of my family members had smart phones (dad’s still holding out) and no one ever used the words ‘selfie’ or ‘twerking.’ 

In a few hours I’m getting together with other PCVs to root for Team USA in the World Cup. I miss my country and can’t wait to come home. But I’ve also gained so much in my two years here- including a second home. 

GO USA!