La Tormenta

The rain is thrashing down on the tin roof, my source of light is the purple haze that fills my room through the cracks of the house, I am bundled up in my sleeping bag with my mate thermos, trying to focus on writing this blog post, but at times finding it impossible to even hear my thoughts with how loud the storm it; tonight marking my first thunder storm since I have been living on my own.

            Time has passed by so quickly since I have been living on my own, today it marks two weeks and I still feel like I have so much work and so much of life to catch up on, now that I have the freedom to truly make a home, and set a strong foundation down for my job as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Most of my days I am so busy with my mornings in the colegio, my afternoons teaching English, yoga, or going to town, my evenings with my host family, and my nights preparing my lectures and work in Peace Corps.  Volunteers always reference having so much free time, but I have yet to experience that feeling, I feel as if I was back in college with all the deadlines and task that I have in my weekly schedule. 

            This past Monday we had a VAC meeting, which is when all the volunteers in a particular region meet up to discuss topics from the office, speak English, and more often than not eat really good food and share some great conversations over libations.  Seated right in the middle of two regions, my site mate, Pauline, and I are luckily part of two VACS, the Alto Parana VAC and the Caaguazú VAC, which means that we have double the fun.  At this VAC meeting for Caaguazu, we discussed security updates, re-modeling of houses, projects in site, and ate some delicious biscuits and fried chicken wings, made by the amazing chef, Pauline.  This girl has cooked me some truly amazing meals, we both agree that it’s great that we were made site mates (only 4 k away in Campo 9), since we share an equal love for eating well and treating ourselves more often that not to great tasting food (regardless of the price). 

            Having this meeting set me up for a great week, I continued to work with my students in their garden,  learned how 

Semana Santa 

is a week long celebration of Easter, had my first run through with 


with only two stings and some ridiculously fresh tasting honey,  had my family 


 deviled eggs which turned out to be a hit,  and am prepping for next weeks training in Asuncion. This training is meant to debrief on our first three months in site, along with a brush up on language and technical skills---I’m mainly excited because it means I get six days spending time with all my friends from training. 

            The one thing I have been lacking on is getting my garden together, I have all the materials, and now is the time to plant, just


 the time to get out there and dig up some dirt. When I’m back in site in the first week in May I plan to bust this baby out, as I really would love to start getting those vegetables going, as I could definitely use more in my diet. 

            To wrap things up, things have been going really well for me, I’m still struggling to meet other families, but that’s mainly because I haven’t found the time since all of my free time has been spent with the family I already love.  On the 25 of April, it will mark seven months in site, to put that in perspective I have completed 7 months of the 27 month commitment I made to Peace Corps to serve as a volunteer- only 20 more to go. Which tells you the truth scares me –mainly because these dreams I have, the things I want to do here, the people I have meant and the places I want to go, makes 20 more months seem so little.  

Pauline making biscuit.

The Caaguazu VAC


the biscuit. 

My alumnos in trecero ciclo. Super



Making Tablones for the huerta. 

Prisco opening the hive. 

Smoking the hive. 

Checking the bars. 

The Hive at action! 




Making Chipa. 

I love Chipa. 

All this Chipa, gone in two days. 

Semana Senta almuerza, I made deviled eggs!