The Equator Car Wash Experiment

Sometime in the distant past (I mean the 1990s, not the middle ages), I remember hearing that water exiting a sink swirls in one direction in the northern hemisphere and in the other direction in the southern hemisphere. I’m not … Continue reading

Lychees and anchors

A few days ago, I was in the supermarket in Leipzig browsing the fruit section, hoping to find one of my favorite fruits, either blueberries, persimmons, or mangoes, when to my surprise I saw a box labeled “Lychees – Origin: … Continue reading


Hi everyone…If you are planning a game of “Never Have I Ever” anytime soon, be sure to count me in. I’ve got a great one…”I’ve never been evacuated from a country undergoing civil unrest.” Yes, we were evacuated yesterday to … Continue reading

Crisis update

Hi everyone!…Here is an overview of the events of the last month or so. Those of you who read Roxy’s updates have a much more detailed picture of the situation (of course), but as I prefer the big picture, I … Continue reading

Life in Lemurland II

Is it possible you have missed the 100-page-long dissertations from WorldPilgrim? If so, you’re in luck…Hello everyone, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote, in part because I have very limited internet access here, but also because we … Continue reading

Life in Lemurland I

Hi everyone!…I apologize in advance for the length of this, but it should be expected! I also apologise for the rambling nature, but I just wrote this as the images came to mind, so it’s not literature. Well, it’s going … Continue reading


Four more days until we depart for a pre-service orientation in Philadelphia, and a week until we fly to Madagascar. We will fly to Dakar, Senegal, then Johannesburg, SA, where we will stay overnight. That flight will take over 17 … Continue reading

Back from the dead!

I’m back from the dead (or at least the nether regions of subterranean-Blogworld). After 39 weeks (officially according to LiveJournal) of reclusive, anti-social, non-blog activity, I am kicking myself in the arse to get back in the swing. I envy … Continue reading

Adieu kimchi!

D id you ever have one of those days?… when a drunk Uzbekistani woman comes and sits next to you on a late-night train and starts speaking slurred Korean and all you can do is nod and say “Ne” (“yes” in … Continue reading

2 good things about the USA

Hey, there are two things I’ve recently realized I appreciate about the USA (I’m posting this to balance out the negative comments I may have made regarding said country): 1. The fact that there are so many cultural, linguistic, religious, … Continue reading