Before moving to Lesotho I had some very broad stroke ideas of how my life would be in Peace Corps. So here I have listed and debunked some of my first thoughts about my magical PC life:
I won’t wear makeup
Makeup wont be a thing, I thought. People will be too busy living to trifle with such vanities as makeup.
Yea, no, people like to look nice. And makeup is a thing. I don’t wear makeup daily anymore but I still roll it out when I’m feeling fancy.
I won’t shave my legs
It’s Africa! Embrace naturalism!
Razors and shaving cream are easily available in Lesotho and I use them.
They don’t click, idiot
I’m not living among the bushman, Sesotho doesn’t have clicks.
They do click, idiot. Sesotho has clicks and Basotho love when I attempt and miserably fail to pronounce them. The ‘Q’ in Quthing is a click. Maybe you can google it?
What a great opportunity to give up soda!
I will just drink water all the time, it will be great!
I don’t know if you know this but Coke has taken over the world. My village shop sells about 20 items and soda is one of them.
I’ll live off the grid
I’ll disconnect from my phone, ignore Facebook and become a mysterious enigma.
As I write this blog post on my phone-Data here is fairly inexpensive and my site has fantastic cell service. I am always talking to people back home or other volunteers in country.
I’ll read all the classics
With so much free time I’ll finally look smart reading “War and Peace”. So classy.
I have read here, a lot. I read 98 books in 2015 alone. But reading tastes don’t magically change. And when you’re spending an entire day reading you usually reach for something that moves a little faster.
The basic takeaway? You’re not going to transform into a completely differnt person overnight. You learn a lot once in country and things change but it might not be things you expect.
There are not enough pictures in this post! So here’s a video on theme for you to enjoy:
PS- I did not challenge myself with a 100 books this year. Here’s my 2016 challenge found on the interwebs :