Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Goodbye Lesotho

Paul Moliko, Blue Belt test - Shane's first student to be tested by him - he passed! Well done Ntate!
Shane wrapping up massage class

Boxing demonstration at our farewell party

My dear friend Maleshoane

Our beautiful neighbors and their beautiful children

Shane's counterparts

The Red Cross Bo 'N'tate dancing

'M'e Lineo o ithuta ho tsoka papa ka pitsa ntsoe

Bo 'N'tate cooking papa in the traditional pot

Matumelo and Magdelena cooking

Bo 'M'e preparing the feast

Hello Dear Readers,
We made it! Twenty six months with Peace Corps in Lesotho. We close our service tomorrow and become RPCVs officially. We left our site on Monday on the bus after a lovely farewell party from the community and selling/giving away the remainder of our worldy possessions of Lesotho. We are now in Maseru completing the seemingly never ending stream of paperwork that is Peace Corps and undergoing the poking and prodding torments of Peace Corps medical clearance. We fly out tomorrow.

I've already been reminiscing a bit on this blog about our service , so I may keep that to a minimum today, but here are a few things of note:

Games of Scrabble since entering Lesotho - 175
Kilograms of Peanut Butter Consumed - 52
Care Packages- 34 (Thank you all so much, they really did get us through the hard times and add the icing to the good times!)

Book Lists:
Shane -
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Getting to Yes
Fast Food Nation
Small Wonder
Deep Survival
The Walking Drum
The Communist Manifesto
Born to Run
Half the Sky
Animal Farm
The Four Agreements
The Four Hour Body
Jiu Jit Su University
The Poisonwood Bible
The Tipping Point
My Stroke of Insight
Pathologies of Power
The Kite Runner
Gentlemen of the Road
Body by Science
Three Cups of Tea
Never Cry Wolf
The Art of Getting Things Done
The Four Hour Workweek

Carol -
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds
Small Wonder
The Secret Adversary
Looking for Lovedu
The Places in Between
The Bookseller of Kabul
Mansfield Park
The Lacuna
Great Food, All Day Long
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun
When the Emporer was Divine
Island Beneath the Sea
The Eyre Affair
The Walking Wind
Animal Dreams
Making Aid Work
Texas (1,320 pgs!)
The Bottom Billion
The Shackled Continent
The Challenge for Africa
Listening Woman
The Paris Wife
A Buddha in the Attic
Running a B&B for Dummies
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
We Are All Welcome Here
Crossing to Safety
Man's Search for Meaning
The Ghostway
The Long Walk to Freedom
On Hundred Years of Solitude
Jump-off Creek
Never Cry Wolf
As We Forgive:Stories of Reconcilliation in Rwanda
Posessing the Secret of Joy
Say You're One of Then
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Flight Behavior
The First Eagle
The Cat Who Saw Stars
Conflict 101
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
Pillars of the Earth (1,082 pgs!)
Dead Aid
King Leopold's Ghost
Private Peaceful
What Color is Your Parachute
Olive Kitteridge
Hunting Badger
Bringing it to the Table
World Without End (1,048 pgs!)
The Corrections

So, there it is the Peace Corps book list - that has also been fun, a lot of them, if I can say have had some further significance reading them here. Its kind of cool.

Here is a list of things I won't miss:
Bathing in winter in 2L of water
Public Transport
The Unreliable Infrastructure
The grocery stores
And a few other things...

And the short list of things I'll miss:
Basotho singing
The community/ our people!
Our cat
The kids
The birds
The sound of the livestock bells
Our mink blanket
Fruit trees (especially in bloom)
South African Wines
And so much more....

So with that - it seems that this will be our last post thanks to all of you who have been following, we've had over 10,000 pageviews in our two years! Enjoy the photos from our farewell party and we'll look forward to seeing you stateside!

Hugs from Lesotho (for less than 24 more hours!)
Carol and Shane


  1. I know I haven't been that active with your blogs but I wanted to cry for you as you end and begin a new part of life. Congratulations! Love you guys :)

  2. Good Day Shane and Carol!

    Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am a RPCV from Mexico. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run - - with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV's). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.

    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the world out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV's or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site at:

    so that people know it is there. There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share. Here is the specific page of the Peace Corps Archive:

    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don't hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.

    Ray Blakney