Charge Up!

It’s time to recharge those batteries. Literally, after a weekend on a mountaintop we need to charge up! We decided to transition from an eastern mountain range to a western mountain range that was just a little bit closer to work so the drive in on Monday morning wouldn’t be as long. That transition takes…

First Breakdown

It’s happened. One month in and I’ve used the Roadside Assistance button on my Progressive Auto-Insurance app. Buying a Vanagon that’s older than me was always going to yield breakdowns and stalls. You don’t go into #vanlife thinking that it’s always going to be smooth sailing. I will admit I thought it’d be a little…

#VanLife 6 to 10

VanLife – it’s blowing up your social media platforms. It’s the constant notification from a friend to your inbox about some news story about people forging their own path. It is for many a pipedream of a simpler life as they try to escape the chaotic and hectic reality of their day to day. And…

Journal Entry: Training Day

October 12th 2012, Friday Teaching day.  Elizabeth and I taught first, the 6th form as it is called out here. Our lesson was on school subjects. We alternated introducing words and sentences to a class we had never met. Our expectations were low of their English comprehension, lower when the usual teacher told us that…

Abound

When we first applied to the Peace Corps it was anticlimactic. We spent weeks talking it over. We would lay on our backs staring at the ceiling, our fingers entwined, and we would talk about where we would go next pending where we landed first.  The application wasn’t very long and at the end it…

Wired

Today was a ‘Roommate’ day. I had no classes to teach and no hobbies to keep me entertained. I decided that I wanted to sleep in, do some laundry, go for a run and make myself something healthy to eat (for a change). Instead my Roommate intervened. Today’s documentation in Ukraine is best expressed in…

Roommates and Drama

I mentioned this once before but we have a roommate. For those that have been following this record you will know that she is the one that brought the whole bed bug epidemic upon us. It has been a slow road to recovery. I am getting older and with age I think that I have…