Reflections on the Past Week

Like many people, I’ve spent the last week numb – and to be perfectly honest – shocked. I process best by writing and I’ve written a lot over the past week. Most of this writing won’t be shared (not on this blog anyway). I’ve thought a lot about what the role of this blog is…

Summer Update

Blog posts have been fairly sparse lately. A couple major life events have taken place that (to say the least) are way more important than blogging. First, I got married to the love of my life two weekends ago. It was a wonderful weekend filled with friends and family. Second, I defended my MS Thesis and…

Myanmar Days

Friends and family will be happy to know I am safely in Mawlamyine, where I will be living and working for the next three(ish) weeks. I have yet to really get in the trenches with work so for now I’ll share some pictures of Mawlamyine. Mawlamyine is the capital of Mon State (the region MDRI,…

Escaping Death [in the Tropics]

It started after one of those nice conversations you have with someone you’ll (probably) never see again. We both exchanged pleasantries sharing about our personal histories and goals for the future. After a brief discussion about malaria and the risk (or lack there of) of contracting malaria in Kitale, it happened.

Preparations

In just over a month I will embark on a life changing experience. Ok, I must pause for just a moment, I don’t like framing the next year in my life in this sort of fantastic way. As if every moment of every day, even the most monotonous, are not life changing. To call the…

Odwira Festival

We spent this past week up in the small town of Akropong. We visited Akropong for a small retreat at the beginning of our time here in Ghana. Akropong is a quiet town, much less busy than the capital city of Accra. However upon arriving this time, it was clear that our experience would be…