The Tongue-Tied Laef

Many Peace Corps volunteers will tell you that although learning a new language is a challenge, trying to remember your English is a different monster entirely. Random words in Bislama will insert themselves into the conversation, often baffling both yourself and your interlocutor. It’s funny to see what Bislama words show up in your daily…

The Floor is Lava

Well world, it seems like my blog is finally beginning to earn the name of its URL: the volcanoes Marum and Benbow, residents of my home island of Ambrym, are beginning to show signs of life. And by life, I mean increased volcanic activity. On August 30th, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department raised the…

Wishlist 

Aka. “Things Emma wants to eat” Last updated on April 19, 2018 Since arriving in Vanuatu, a few people have asked me about sending packages and if there’s anything specific I would want. As I am never opposed to presents (especially now that I’m starting to crave certain snacks from home), I decided to make…

Reading List

Last updated on April 18, 2018 Like so many Peace Corps volunteers, reading has been one of the best ways to pass the time. Here’s a list of what I’ve read and currently reading! I’m always looking for recommendations too. Currently Reading: Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro Unpopular Essays – Bertrand Russel Behind…

Perfect Places

Updated on September 10th, 2017 – Now with pictures! Having spent exactly a month at site, I’ve come to realize how important it is to have “Happy Places” – a place where you can escape to, decompress, and just enjoy your surroundings without having to worry about all the little aches and pains that accompany…

Beach walking 

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say my collection’s complete? Yesterday’s treasures found on the beach near Sinai School, SE Ambrym!  Due to a drought that has hit the island, I’m currently hiding out at another volunteers site until the water situation improves. As bummed as I am about leaving my home…

Emma, Leixul, metalo, girl Roromai

Nearly three weeks ago, I said my goodbyes to my forty groupmates and hopped on a plane to Ambrym to begin my two year adventure. Now that I think about it, it’s rather hard to wrap my head around, namely due to the fact that it doesn’t feel that long at all! But first, a…