Hills of Dhermi

Drinking Stories From Albania

For those of you checking in on life in Ethiopia, my apologies in advance but I’m going to enable a little escapism* for myself and you. So here are a couple great Eastern European drinking stories from that time I was in Albania. I think…

International Coffee Day - Retrospective

For the month that Cara lived in Addis before me, I slowly formed two different images of the coffee culture in my head. In both of them, coffee shops were on every corner and I can happily report that much is extremely accurate. In one version,…
A Peace Corps Ethiopia Trainee (soon to be Volunteer) gives an amazing speech in Amharic about her time living with her host family during training.

New Years and New Beginnings in Oromia

Today, Sunday (Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar and September 11 on the Gregorian calendar) is New Year's Day here in Addis. Yesterday, the streets were lined with people selling and buying huge bundles of dried branches taller than me…
I was originally told Abwe was our gardner, now I realize he is more like a day guard that cuts the grass and waters plants perhaps more out of boredom than anything else. Either way, he is legit a saint.

Nesting in Ethiopia

“Eagle’s Nest, this is Crunchy Oats*, reporting for radio check, over.” Cara finished with a straight face ...

Nice Snowflakes in July

We watch the lights flicker in the warm, Nice night, dancing over snowflakes dusting the windshield. If you let go, unfocused and spiraling into the dark it might feel like a celebration, Bastille day Christmas in July. I hear they’re…

Readings from a Bear of a Wedding

I still am reeling from a wedding ceremony that we pulled together in less than three weeks and showed how amazing our friends and family are to travel on such short notice. And not to mention packing for Ethiopia. However, I wanted to share…

[WB] The Land Sector Has an App for That: The Evolution of Mobile Use in International Development

Paper prepared for presentation at the “2016 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY” The World Bank - Washington DC, March 14-18, 2016 This paper is a literature review of primary and secondary sources that seeks to chart the non-linear…
Albania Blue Doors

Entering Albania Through the Back Door

Retired MIGs greeted us beside the runway as we touched down at Mother Theresa Airport in Tirana, Albania. These footprints--left behind as Soviet Russia turned around and departed--felt comforting and familiar. International development is…
Gobi Ger in the Dark

Clear Fanta Bottles

Clear Fanta Bottles You taste like blindness the distilled clarity that those #Mongolians brew and flows from #Fanta bottles in their gers. #micropoetry @pssms — John Dwyer (@JohnCDwyer) January 29, 2015

Mérida y Marriage

This was my last night with the Girlfriend in Mérida, Mexico. Our Mexico vacation has been a mix of historical awareness (Yucatán, zonas arqueológicas) and irreverence (Quintana Roo, Cancun's Zona Hotelera) that I have come to consider…