Ivorian weddings…who knew?🤔

Ivorian weddings are not for the faint of heart; they are literally all day affairs🤩. Recently a colleague at work invited me to her wedding and initially I was excited and curious because I have never been to an Ivorian wedding. I said yes because I wanted to honor her invitation and the fact that…

Back to work in a pandemic 😷

Since March 13th I have been working remotely due to the covid-19 pandemic and it was weird and rough and tiring. Yet the idea of going back to work in person caused me some anxiety. Most of my colleagues were happy to come back because they missed the students but I was nervous about possible…

My summer of tears😭😢

Summer 2020 will forever be remembered by me as my summer of tears😭. In the month of June two family members died: Peter my uncle by marriage and one of my all time favorite people, and my Aunt Daph, the kindest person you would ever meet and it was hard, so very hard. I didn’t…

The politics of “I’m not okay”

This post will come as a surprise to many people because they think my expat life is so much better. Because I travel a couple of times a year. Because I live outside of the US in an African country where racism and being in fear for my life is not the main thing on…

I came back to a WTF?😭moment

So where did I leave off? Souly the school driver picked me up from the airport, which saved me tremendous energy after a 2 hour adventure at the airport. I walked into my apartment and all the windows were opened (I left them closed) and the fans were on which meant there was dust everywhere….

The journey back🤦🏾‍♀️…it was long

For my first international flight in months I had quite the journey. I took 3 flights, and spent 25 plus hours until I reached Abidjan. Boston to New York to Paris to Abidjan. The Boston airport was quiet and there were only two places to eat Dunkin Donuts and Wahlberg but they only had beef…

Finally…freedom well kind of🤷🏾‍♀️

The school year finally ended this past Wednesday so I’m officially on vacation until the beginning of August. While I expected to feel relief and anticipation, instead I was just exhausted and sad. These past 13 weeks have been rough physically because I chose to come back to the US so I have had to…

My quarantine journey🤦🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

In early March the Ivory Coast saw its first cases and even though there were less than 100 cases the government choose to close schools on March 16th. This has now been extended to May 17th. March 12th was the last day I saw students and I miss them. I am sad that I didn’t…

My favorite places in the world…hmmm🤔😍

This past weekend a friend asked me what are my 5 favorite places and I immediately thought oh that’s easy…South Africa, Paris, Zanzibar, Barbados and Ghana. But then he threw me a curve ball by saying it could not be countries or cities but actual places that I really enjoyed 🤔. Wait..now that was really…

Quarantined abroad and remote work week 1 😳😬

Here in Cote d’ Iovire it was announced last Monday evening that all schools will be canceled for the next 30 days until April 15. Events with over 50 people are banned, sports events and concerts are canceled, and the airport is not accepting flights from places with more than 100 cases. In the past…