A Muslim boy carries a carpet as he gathers some belongings with his family waiting to be evacuated, near the mosque of the PK 12 district of Bangui on April 22, 2014. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to “save their lives”, according to officials.

I had one of those mats! They were everywhere!

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Blogs are coming. It’s been a weird, hard, fun, silly, sad, and unreal 5 MONTHS. Have I really not written anything for 5 months? I had to count it to be sure. That’s insane all on its own.

I’ve missed blogging about all the peace corps stuff, but I’ve had to process a lot of things and blogging wasn’t able to be my first form of processing. I didn’t think it’d take this long to get to a point where I could blog about all that happened, but I guess it’s a good reminder that pain and mourning are a continuing process.

I promise I’ll share it with y’all, but it will take a few days. Peace and blessings!


Malnutrition screening in Cameroon


Malnutrition screening in Cameroon

Source: peacecorps


Grilled Plantains
… yum!

All things Naija

(via ourafrica)

Source: numbla

The diagnosis from the colonoscopy: Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic disease that they don’t really know much about. Also a disease that automatically disqualifies you from continued Peace Corps service.

My feelings: Devastation.

The thought that keeps coming into my head: I’m not ready to leave Cameroon.

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Just some little happenings of the last few days (it’s a holiday weekend, which is why test results come back Tuesday, so we’re just making the most of the waiting period). Fair warning, a lot of these are about food.

  • A man sang, “is it me you’re looking for?” at us as we were walking down the street. I continued singing the rest of the chorus and a verse. That’s right, “I knew just what do”. #makelionelproud
  • I ate McDonald’s fries and a fruit salad for lunch. There were so many fruits in the salad that I couldn’t even remember what they were called.
  • We walked to the ocean! What up, Atlantic.
  • I saw a woman on the street wearing Cameroonian political party pagne. If I hadn’t been on the tram, I would have talked to her.
  • I ate cheesy garlic bread at Pizza Hut. Let me say that again: I ate cheesy garlic bread at Pizza Hut. Potentially the best thing I’ve eaten in 14 months.
  • It rained! (#IBlessTheRains…that joke never gets old) It was neat because it was gentle/drizzly/slow rain just like in the good ol’ PNW.
  • Cameroon is going to the World Cup! I feel proud.
  • I miss Cameroon. I’ve only been gone one week. Didn’t think it would happen so quick…It may be the fear of not going back, but it is reassuring to know that I’m comfortable there.
  • I ate the most delicious couscous in the world. Every Friday is couscous day here, so the other medevacee and I traipsed our way to a cafe, ordered two, and marveled at its wonders. Steaming, boiled veggies, some sort of meat with raisins and broth to pour over it all, with yogurt to drink. THE. BEST.
  • I ate tagine. It’s an egg + whatever you have dish. Not my favorite of the foreign dishes, but it was still good.
  • I had sugar cane juice and it was made with wizardry, I’m sure of it.


Ca y est, le Cameroun est qualifié pour la Coupe du Monde de football au Brésil l’an prochain ! L’équipe nationale s’est brillamment illustrée, en marquant 4 buts grâce à (dans l’ordre): Achille Webo, Benjamin Moukandjo et un doublé de Jean II Makoun.

Après 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 et 2010, cette qualification marque  la 7ème participation du Cameroun au Mondial de Football, et en fait le leader en Afrique dans ce domaine.


Qualified for the World Cup! WOOOOOO.

Source: ocameroun

While I’m sitting in this hotel room, about to go out and explore the great outdoors that Rabat has to offer, I feel a sense of excitement. What will I find? Will I get a good deal on the scarf I want? The mystery of the day is positive. But there’s something underlying that feels negative.

I’ve been evacuated (twice) because of terrorist groups and bandits, lived in my own house and moved there alone, been harassed on the street (sometimes physically, mostly verbally), and traveled alone for days, yet this week is the first time I’ve ever felt truly scared.

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Remember the sicknesses months ago? I blogged about it 7 months ago and again 3 months ago. Well, time has passed but I was still showing symptoms, so a few consultations later, they determined that I needed a colonoscopy (every 23 year old’s dream). Lucky for me, they don’t do those for volunteers in Cameroon so they decided to medevac me (I like to think of this as a sickness vacation; they cover your travel and per diem for wherever they send you). Because I’m in Western Africa, they decided Morocco was the best place to send me! Fast forward a few weeks, and here I sit. In a hotel room, drinking weird liquid solution, and not really sure that this is real life. 

I haven’t explored the city too much, but so far I feel like everything is magic. Public bathrooms?! A tramway?! CHEESE PANINIS?! My brain is loosin’ it. I played “spot the American” in the airport and found a few. As I told one of the Morocco PCVs—This is the first time I’ve seen a lot of Americans that I don’t know.

I have lots of thoughts and feelings about being back in the developed world but still in Africa and I’ll share them later. For now, I’m off to the hospital for the procedure. Afterwards, I plan on going to McDonalds to celebrate with a chocolate shake. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for fast food; I can hardly contain myself. Peace and blessings, y’all!


Numbah one: I have internet at my HOUSE. This is a game changer. I can email, skype, facebook, and just generally do internetty things from the sweltering comfort of my own home.

Deux: I have a twitter (it’s not new, but I’ve never advertised it)! With the ‘internet at my house’ development, I’m trying to tweet things about Peace Corps while also trying to be funny because I think making something funny in 140 characters is a challenge. I guess it’s my 2nd year of service resolution. Find me @mskathleenblair if Twitter is your thing.

Three: My totes awesome PCV friend from the North West came to visit and she’s known for taking pictures. LOTS of pictures. My neighbors and I had some photo shoots, so those will be coming your way in a few weeks (when she gets a chance to load them). We all had a rollicking good time. I’ll blog about it when the pics are up.

Quatro: My peer education program has started! I promise I’m writing a blog about it…for realz. But it’s been going really well and my counterparts are just the greatest.

Five: (this one may actually be fun to learn?) it’s Mini Hot Season! Woo! Up here, we’re hitting over 100 degrees each day, but at least it really cools down at night. The rain has ended (worst. news. ever.) but the arrival of the heat means only one thing: winter is coming. For real, the next thing we have is what everyone refers to as ‘cold’ season. This hot season shouldn’t last past the end of the month, and then we’ll all have to bundle up at night or risk hypothermia (okay, not that bad, but I did use my sleeping bag at night last year). We’re all sweating and hoping for those cold days to come soon.

Peace and blessings!