Posted in November 2011

Apples and Beninese Pie a l’Afrique

Apples and Beninese Pie a l’Afrique

Apples and Beninese If there’s one thing I learned in Benin (and really, there are hundreds of lessons I’ve learned here), it’s that the best baking really does not come from a box. If you want truly awesome sweets, it’s gotta be from scratch. It’s just so much fun to tweak recipes to find what … Continue reading

I’m Thankful for…

…my service in Benin and the opportunity to have been a part of something special this last year and a half. …my family and friends and getting to see them a few months earlier than originally planned! …my fiance and how incredibly supportive he’s been both during my service and in these last few weeks … Continue reading

Homemade Margaritas and Goodbye Nati!

Well, I can’t sleep for some reason, so I decided to post my recipe and pics from our awesome impromptu homemade margarita party in Nati last weekend. The recipe is surprisingly simple (although we added a little twist!). Enjoy! Ingredients: Homemade Nati ‘Ritas -15 tiny limes, or like 6 huge Americanized ones -1 cup water … Continue reading

Med Students and Future Med Students Read This!

So I recently learned of the Congressional move to cut Graduate Medical Education (GME)  funding and through my neurotic obsession with the Student Doctor Network (SDN) I came across the AAMC page with information on how to contact your local congressperson to encourage them to preserve this important aspect of a future physician’s training. From … Continue reading

What I’ll Miss About Benin

So apparently this blog has also been linked to the Peace Corps journals blog site (how the heck do they find us?) so probably anyone who reads my official Peace Corps blog, elainainafrica, has already seen these lists. But anyway, I thought I’d just post them here, too, for posterity or whatevs. Things I’ll miss … Continue reading

Say Yes to the Dress!

I just went over to the tailor here in Nati and dropped off my wedding dress fabric (called ’tissu’ here). I talked with her about the specifics which was difficult to do in French (I have no idea how to say sweetheart neckline in French haha) but I had several drawings to show her and … Continue reading

Wedding Update and Pinterest

So as you all know, I am in the midst of some serious wedding planning. While I was home in October, theoretically for medical school interviews, I was also initiating the wedding plan phase two: jobs lists. I compiled and created various tasks for people in our wedding and helping with the reception and then … Continue reading

11:11 11/11/11 Super Wish

  I just made that super wish, the biggest and most powerful wish that there could be for all eternity (or at least until 3011 but who knows what that crazy world will be like?). I think I made a good one. I’ll find out here pretty soon, too! (iphone, iphone, iphone) Just kidding. Or … Continue reading

Back in Africa

So my America trip is finished and I’m back in Benin with a med school acceptance in hand. I’m about 99% sure that I’ll be matriculating at this school (my in-state school for any curious folks out there) but I haven’t officially withdrawn from other places yet. I think I’ll wait to hear back from … Continue reading