Notes from a Broad



I assembled this page about my trip to Niger so that I could share my experiences unobtrusively; as soon as you're tired of looking at photos or hearing my stories, you can make a graceful exit and I'll never be the wiser. The rest of this page is a combination of photos, thoughts, and excerpts from my personal journal. Thanks for visiting!

Niger is in West Africa and is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. I spent two of my four weeks in the capital city, Niamey. I also visited a small village called Tapoa and one of Niger's wildlife preserves, Park W. Sandwiched between an internship at IBM and my spring semester at Purdue, this journey into a completely different culture provided a wonderful respite from the rush of American life. I didn't wear a watch there- things happened when people got around to them, and time was measured by the flow of daily tasks instead of the ticks of a clock. The land was beautiful and the people were very friendly and thrilled to have a guest. I met quite a few Peace Corps volunteers during my stay and many of them asked "So are you going to join the Peace Corps and come to Niger?" Ummm, no. I have the utmost respect and admiration for what they're doing, but it's very nice to be home (blizzards and all).

Sunday December 20
This place is truly amazing, both in the cultural differences and the striking similarity in all humans. Peace Corps is really an incredible opportunity, but I don't think it's for me. At first I felt kind of selfish and guilty for not wanting to make the sacrifices these people have made, but if we all walked the same path, it would be a noisy and destructive procession indeed.

Language and communication Niamey transportation
Tapoa Park W and the large mammal survey
The not-so-nice parts Misc pictures and stories
Cool stuff I brought home Reflections, ex post facto
Read excerpts from Eric's letters with some photos he's sent home