Home Sweet Home

As a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, our housing has only a few main requirements:

  1. The room has its own entrance that is separate from the main house and cannot be accessed by anyone else.
  2. The room has burglar bars on all the doors and windows.
  3. The school will provide one desk and two chairs.
  4. The department of education will provide a bed and a dresser.

That’s it. Electricity? A lovely perk, but not required. Running water…. only if you are extremely lucky. I love my humble abode; complete with its leaky tin roof that lets in exaggerates any sound upon it. No seriously, the first time it poured and subsequently hailed, I had a minor freak out and turned on Julie Andrews’ “My Favorite Things” and crawled under my blanket until it subsided. So yeah, it’s loud, but a handy-dandy mini speaker does wonders to allow me to continue watching my hard drive even in the noisiest of storms.

My two rooms are just perfect for me though, and luckily came stocked with a few items of furniture to help: a filing cabinet (which I use as a dresser), a small cabinet set which my kitchen sits upon, and an extra table where I rest my pantry and wash my dishes.

Take a peek inside my house, and get a feel of what it is like to live in South Africa!

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My kitchen: 2 plate hot plate, microwave, electric tea kettle, and bucket to catch the rain drops about to arrive
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Kitchen part 2: mini fridge and water filter
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kitchen part 3: my “pantry”, iron, and underneath the table, my dish washing bucket
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My stockpile of water and, yep you guessed it…. my bath
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My desk, where I spend too many hours lesson planning, studying for the GRE, and staring at this beautiful world map
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My cleaning corner, because as a PCV you learn that one broom is never enough…
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My wall of love: cards and pictures from home, and a map of South Africa
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My bed, thankfully wrapped up inside my wonderful mosquito net. Also, see two varieties of Raid, never far from me.
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My PC provided dresser, books, and a backpack
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My filing cabinet dresser, toiletries, yoga mat, etc.
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The entrance to my home
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If you were curious… yes, that is the bathroom…

 

2 Comments

  1. Rosie Jacbson

    Home, Sweet Home!! Home is where the heart is, and now your little home suits you fine!! Happy you are enjoying your experience so much!!😘

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