We’re moving to Sierra Leone!

In February, Bertrand and I will once again pack up all of our bags to move across the world. This time, we’re going to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dream country. Dream job. Perfect timing. We hadn’t really allowed ourselves to imagine that we’d be sent there, particularly since I speak French, and Sierra Leone is (sort of) an English speaking country. Surprise! We’re taking the weekend off to visit my parents,...


On reconciling idealism with working for The Man

I am pleased to discover that I am not the only person in my A-100 class who finds it draining to be “on” all day, every day. Besides the firehose of information we need to absorb, A-100 is a big social event. Talk to everyone. Network. Get to work on that Corridor Reputation. Previous to the start of orientation, I was worried about working for The Man. I’m arrogant enough...


We’re finally in DC!

“Home” is exhausting. “America” is exhausting. But having an American kitchen and a Costco membership is awesome. Bertrand and I moved into our Crystal City apartment last weekend, and we are thrilled with State’s corporate housing. We did the math and we could actually get a nicer place in town for the same per diem, but the no-hassle factor makes it 100% worth it. No security depsit. No rent. Fully...



So besides the nauseating introspection about culture shock, what have I been up to? Well, I’ve been sick for the past week, which is miserable and not fun at all. Every time I think I’ve beaten one malady, another pops up to take its place. Between complaining about my muscles, my gut, and my pregnancy, I’ve been shopping. The State Department is all about Being A Suit (because we work...


On consuming and consumption

Coming home has been harder than I expected. As long as I continue to think of living in America as a short break from reality, I’m OK. The minute I remind myself that this is permanent, that even though we’ll be posted abroad, we’re back to living a life of comfort, consumption, and red-white-and-blue, I start to panic. Yes, of course I’ll be fine. Yes, of course I’ll get used...


One small step for GSO, one huge step for me

My travel orders came in today! These orders are the magic words that officially make it possible for Bertrand and I schedule our move back to the States for training. Up until today, all my promises about being home for the 4th were really just speculation and wishful thinking. Travel reserved our plane tickets and Shipping submitted my pack-out request, which means that embassy-wise, we’re ready to go. Whoo-hoo! I...



SVO’s moved to a new server! Despite rebooting serveral times, I was unable to solve the malware problem, so I up and moved. Archives will be back as soon as I get back to Cotonou from Parakou. In the meantime, enjoy visiting my blog w/o risk of downloading a virus.seo в яндекс


The road to where is paved with good intentions?

Why am I only now discovering the ICT4D Jester? Oh, lost hero, how well you express my doubts and fears about ICTs and development. One of the reasons I no longer actively blog about technology for development and in developing contexts is because I feel like an asshole when I criticize some of the big movers and shakers in the sector. There are occasionally other critical voices, but many (and...


On privilege

Let me be very clear. What goes on in my uterus is none of your motherfucking business. I doesn’t matter whether I abort, whether I don’t abort, whether I’m looking forward to having a baby, whether I’m terrified about having a baby, whether I drink, whether I smoke, whether I eat shellfish, whether I eat deli meats, whether I sit with my legs crossed, whether I take a shot of...