Indonesia: Diving in the Bali Sea

“Your dives will be 1.6 million rupiah” the secretary at Gecko Dive Center doesn’t bat an eyelash as she rattles off this jarring number. The mere suggestion of a million of anything is enough to make my stomach drop.  That’s insane!  ONE MILLION?! Of course, 1 USD is equivalent to about 14,000 IDR so in … Continue reading Indonesia: Diving in the Bali Sea

10 Things All Peace Corps Philippines Volunteers Know to be True

There are certain experiences we've all had as Peace Corps Volunteers serving in the Philippines. As I celebrate with my batch mates the closing of our two years of service, I wonder what sort of things we will forget about as we move on to the next chapter of our lives. What are those little … Continue reading 10 Things All Peace Corps Philippines Volunteers Know to be True

Mount Bulusan: The Place Where The River Flows

Living near volcanoes is not something I had ever experienced before living in the Philippines.  When I arrived at my site, I found my Municipality snugly tucked between two sleeping giants; Mount Mayon and Mount Bulusan.  Both of these volcanoes have been active during my service.  Mount Bulusan was raised to Alert level 2 when … Continue reading Mount Bulusan: The Place Where The River Flows