Peace Corps Level Care For Natural Hair

If you’re a typical natural who’s just been accepted to Peace Corps, one of the first things you probably thought was, “Lord, what am I gonna do with this hair?” Will my favorite products be available? Will I wear my hair out or protective style? Who will do my maintenance trims? Just thinking about it…

Thank You: From a Black Peace Corps Volunteer to a Black President

On October 11,  2008, I woke up in the middle of the night to stand outside and wait for the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to speak. I had read all of his books, kept all the important newspaper clippings, obsessively watched CNN, and could tell you random facts like, “Did you know that Senator…

Rhythm, Color, Flavor: Le Dije a Papa by Eva Ayllón

Ritmo, Color, y Sabor – Popular Afro Peruvian singer Eva Ayllon had that right when she sang her famous song. Musica Criolla – a type of music that is popular on the coast and is influenced by African, European, and Andean music – is filled with rhythm, color, and flavor. I mean, there is even…

26 Pictures From 2016

Wow. Long time, no blog. Seriously, I think this is the longest time I have gone without posting – I suppose every writer is allowed writers block right? Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I spent this holiday season in the States with my family and without the Peruvian Christmas tradition of paneton (ask me if I’m…

Throwback Thursday: When Two Worlds Collide

Throwback ThursdayFor those who know me, its no secret that I love history. As a PCV, I’ve hit the jackpot with a placement in Peru. There’s so many different cultural heritages to learn about and so many great archaeological sites to visit that would make any history buff want to cry. Not to mention, there is so…

Brittany White and the Chocolate Factory

A couple months ago, something like the county fair came to town and I ended up spending a Friday night at a cacao cutting contest. Firstly, yes, it sounds super country, but how else is a girl in the middle of nowhere Peru supposed to jump start her weekend? Secondly, if you didn’t know, the cacao plant…

Gratitude & Photos: Blog It Home 2016

Wow! Long time, no blog! Life got a little busy (and crazy) these past couple of weeks but have no fear ‘cause my Blog It Home post is here. Many of you, my dear readers, know that about 3 weeks ago I was in Washington, D.C. for a week full of events coordinated by the…

Girl’s Lives Matter

Another volunteer told me a story once about a student in her town who won one of Peru’s national scholarships called BECA 18. This particular scholarship is every college-goers dream but is only available to people living  in extreme poverty. It pays not only for full tuition but also room and board, books, and a…

All The Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise

Watch this video: … Yeah, that’s basically how I feel here in Peru  every single day – WOMP. I’m a person who hates noise and loves silence so if there is one thing I probably won’t miss about my town, its the noise. I mentioned before that on my 24 Hours Bus Ride post that noise…

Tomando: Refresco de Cebada

  The word tomando in Spanish literally translates to “taking.” However, here in Peru we use this word for “drinking.”  You “take” juices, coffee, sodas, alcoholic beverages, etc. – and I must say that one of my favorite things about Peru are the drinks.  Since sharing is caring, I wanted to do a series on culturally…

The 24 Hour Bus Ride

The trip to  Lima from my site in Northern Peru has become such an large part of my service. And I always think to myself, “I wonder how much of my service is spent in a bus,” because the trip is about a 24 hour journey and 20 of those hours is one loooong bus…