I’m Melanie. I’m a passionate storyteller, traveler, and lifelong learner. My mission is simple: to learn as much as I can about the world I live in and to do something to make it more beautiful while I’m in it.
I started traveling in the 2012. I spent six months in Be’er Sheva, Israel, where I met amazing people and hiked Biblical mountains and learned that intractable conflict is a reality far beyond my realm of understanding. But I fell in love with the Middle East, with people and learning and seeking to understand. You can read more about that time here.
In 2014 I moved to Thailand to work as an English teacher outside of mammoth Bangkok and was once again swallowed up by the magnanimity and wonder of Southeast Asia. You can read more about that time here.
The more you know, the less you understand.
I’m currently embarking on my biggest adventure yet: serving as an Education volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Northern Madagascar. I’ve been learning Malagasy language–Antakaragna dialect– for the past four months. I live in a small town, teach English at the local middle school, and try and understand more every day.
Here I strive to give you stories: stories that accurately reflect the overwhelming wonder of the North, of Madagascar, and most of all of her multifaceted, kind and hilarious people. I seek to entertain, educate, and also process the challenges of adopting and adapting to a different world. I welcome your comments, advice, suggestions and resources.
Over the next two years, the blog and I will change and adapt. I hope you’ll follow along. We’ve a long journey ahead, but there’s lots of time to explore our surroundings and get to know each other. So, pull up a chair, brew some tea, and let’s talk.
You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough. —Chinese fortune cookie