Michael W. Sherman's Peace Corps South Africa Blog

Welcome to Michael W. Sherman's Peace Corps South Africa Blog. The contents of this Web site are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or the United States Peace Corps.

From 2010 to 2012 I lived in South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteer. This is where I kept my blog. It was a full WordPress site with Facebook Connect and other assorted accoutrements. Unfortunately, such a website required a considerable amount of maintenance, and once I returned to the US and stopped producing new content, I could no longer justify the time investment it took to maintain the full site. The curious can see screenshots of the original site here and here.

Because I am proud of the work I put into the content of this blog, and because I still get hits, I've stripped WordPress down to a zero maintenance, semi-functional static HTML site. Please browse at your leisure, and feel free to email me at michaelw4433sherman@g23442mail.com (take out the numbers to get the actual email address; I don't want my address harvested by spam robots). Family and friends, if you want access to the "private" posts, contact me personally.

Thank you again for visiting my blog. And apologies to HTML purists...but hey, the pages still render and that's what matters.

Here are some of my favorite posts:

28 Oct 2010 A Test Question
01 Nov 2010 Can a Peace Corps Volunteer Learn Something from Nokia?
22 Nov 2010 Exploring
23 Feb 2011 Pre-Service Training Homestay
14 Apr 2011 Aid Work Priority One: Keeping the Doors Open
10 May 2011 All About My Peace Corps Site
09 Jun 2011 A Water Article
15 Jun 2011 The Voortrekker Monument
30 Aug 2011 Kenyan Economist: Stop the Foreign Aid!
26 Oct 2011 The Greatest Museum in South Africa!
14 Nov 2011 My Family at My Peace Corps South Africa Site
16 Nov 2011 Pictures of My Peace Corps South Africa Site
26 Dec 2011 Our First National Science Week School Visits
28 Dec 2011 1500 High School Students and 3 Scientists
07 Jan 2012 Mobbed by Students During a Science Week Visit
30 Jan 2012 Everything Is Normal
24 Jul 2012 My School's New Library
21 Nov 2012 I was in Goma, DRC, a Few Weeks Ago. I Took Photos. Rebels Just Captured the City.
22 Nov 2012 A Few Pictures
25 Nov 2012 National Science Week 2012
01 Dec 2012 Close of Service: The End

And here is the full website, in chronological order:

13 Oct 2010 Introduction
21 Oct 2010 The Riot at My School
24 Oct 2010 About the Author
24 Oct 2010 Living Here
28 Oct 2010 A Test Question
01 Nov 2010 Can a Peace Corps Volunteer Learn Something from Nokia?
06 Nov 2010 A 24-Hour Ritual
08 Nov 2010 Screwing and Spinning
11 Nov 2010 Funerals
18 Nov 2010 I Finally Go Party
22 Nov 2010 Exploring
25 Nov 2010 Thanksgiving in South Afric
29 Nov 2010 The Clinic
02 Dec 2010 My School Was Robbed
03 Dec 2010 I Got Robbed
04 Jan 2011 Random Filler Pictures
07 Jan 2011 Johannesburg, or, How Did I End Up in Chicago?
07 Jan 2011 Pretoria
10 Jan 2011 Donate to the Michael Sherman Heart Attack Fund
18 Jan 2011 My Class
20 Jan 2011 The Drakensberg Mountains
27 Jan 2011 Visitors from the US
02 Feb 2011 Peace Corps Application Process and Staging
05 Feb 2011 Teaching “Remedial” Math
07 Feb 2011 UP THE BUCS!
14 Feb 2011 The Start of Pre-Service Training (PST)
17 Feb 2011 Why Do Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Ill of Pre-Service Training (PST)?
21 Feb 2011 Help Me Eat Honeybuns
23 Feb 2011 Pre-Service Training Homestay
11 Mar 2011 Church in a Giant Rondavel
15 Mar 2011 Me and Allison in Joburg
18 Mar 2011 Bureaucracy vs. Education?
21 Mar 2011 Just a Few Days Until I Die Trying to Run a Half Marathon
24 Mar 2011 In My Township
26 Mar 2011 I Didn’t Die
27 Mar 2011 Kruger National Park
29 Mar 2011 Alone Again…
06 Apr 2011 Some Videos
12 Apr 2011 Just a Picture
14 Apr 2011 Aid Work Priority One: Keeping the Doors Open
19 Apr 2011 Forget NASCAR
21 Apr 2011 Passover
27 Apr 2011 My Training Village
10 May 2011 All About My Peace Corps Site
12 May 2011 Peace Corps Sexual Assault Hearings
16 May 2011 Barberton
18 May 2011 Missing Things at Home
23 May 2011 An Elementary School
24 May 2011 Language Training
01 Jun 2011 Turning 30 is Kind of Boring
02 Jun 2011 Places from PST
06 Jun 2011 Nkomazi
09 Jun 2011 A Water Article
13 Jun 2011 A Very Special Photo for Someone I Love
15 Jun 2011 The Voortrekker Monument
20 Jun 2011 Weddings!
06 Jul 2011 Cape Town is Sketchy
13 Jul 2011 Starship Troopers Is the Best Peace Corps Movie
21 Jul 2011 The South African Public Sector Strike of 2010
25 Jul 2011 South African Black Jesus Painting Series
02 Aug 2011 National Science Week 2011 Preview
11 Aug 2011 PCSA Makes the News Again
17 Aug 2011
A Few Photos from Ndebele Cultural Sights
24 Aug 2011 Missing Home
30 Aug 2011 Kenyan Economist: Stop the Foreign Aid!
05 Sep 2011 Capetown
12 Sep 2011 Outeniqua Pass – Pics
14 Sep 2011 Robben Island
20 Sep 2011 Around Cape Town
30 Sep 2011 I Take Medicine That Might Make Me Go Insane
05 Oct 2011 We (Briefly) Conquer the Drakensberg Mountains
10 Oct 2011 KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields
26 Oct 2011 The Greatest Museum in South Africa!
02 Nov 2011 Swaziland
09 Nov 2011 Kruger National Park
11 Nov 2011 I Totally Ran a Marathon
14 Nov 2011 My Family at My Peace Corps South Africa Site
16 Nov 2011 Pictures of My Peace Corps South Africa Site
02 Dec 2011 Awesome (Pulled) TV Ad Mocking Mugabe
06 Dec 2011 The Facebook Song
13 Dec 2011 Assorted Photos
18 Dec 2011 Music Video – Windeck by Cabo Snoop
20 Dec 2011 Donate Enough Money and I’ll Run an Ultramarathon
22 Dec 2011 National Science Week 2012 Opening Ceremony
26 Dec 2011 Our First National Science Week School Visits
28 Dec 2011 1500 High School Students and 3 Scientists
01 Jan 2012 Science Demonstrations at a Shopping Center
07 Jan 2012 Mobbed by Students During a Science Week Visit
09 Jan 2012 National Science Week at My School
25 Jan 2012 The End of National Science Week 2011
27 Jan 2012 You Never Forget How to Consume Like an American
30 Jan 2012 Everything Is Normal
01 Feb 2012 Visiting Rural Limpopo
06 Feb 2012 Hitting you up for money, suckers.
08 Feb 2012 More Funerals
15 Feb 2012 Pictures of Puppies!
20 Feb 2012 Another Visit to Kruger National Park
22 Feb 2012 Checking out Nkomazi Municipality and Visiting Peace Corps Volunteers
29 Feb 2012 Pics My Family Took at My School
05 Mar 2012 Do I Sound Like Public Broadcasting Yet?
07 Mar 2012 Nairobi, Kenya
14 Mar 2012 The Kenyan Family Farm and Pictures of Kenyan Life
22 Mar 2012 To Lake Bogoria
26 Mar 2012 Lake Bogoria, Kenya
06 Apr 2012 Back in Nairobi
09 Apr 2012 Mombasa, Kenya
11 Apr 2012 Photos from My Life and the Magical Vegan-osity of Soya Mince
18 Apr 2012 Spin City
24 Apr 2012 Maputo, Mozambique
30 Apr 2012 Food from Maputo
21 May 2012 Bazaruto, Mozambique
24 May 2012 Vilankulos, Mozambique
30 May 2012 Mozambican Food from Vilankulos
31 May 2012 Tofo, Mozambique
05 Jun 2012 Tofo, Mozambique Food Pictures
06 Jun 2012 Somewhere in Mozambique…
11 Jun 2012 More, Maputo, Mozambique
19 Jun 2012 Best Natural History Museum Ever (Maputo, Mozambique)
21 Jun 2012 Public Transportation in Mozambique
25 Jun 2012 Tourist Sites Around Graskop and Sabie, Mpumalanga
27 Jun 2012 Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
08 Jul 2012 Kruger National Park After a Flood
10 Jul 2012 Snake Hunt
16 Jul 2012 Assorted Pictures
19 Jul 2012 My Boss Retires
24 Jul 2012 My School's New Library
26 Jul 2012 Family
08 Aug 2012 Chicken Feet
23 Aug 2012 School Break Soccer
27 Aug 2012 More Puppies
02 Sep 2012 This Is How He Rolls
14 Sep 2012 Sphatlo
18 Sep 2012 Puppy Update
24 Sep 2012 A Taxi Rank in South Africa
27 Sep 2012 Sealing a Grave
02 Oct 2012 Library Monitors
08 Oct 2012 Soccer
18 Oct 2012 An Unveiling
08 Nov 2012 Butchering on a Band Saw
21 Nov 2012 I was in Goma, DRC, a Few Weeks Ago. I Took Photos. Rebels Just Captured the City.
22 Nov 2012 Epilogue – My Travels in Africa
22 Nov 2012 A Few Pictures
25 Nov 2012 National Science Week 2012
01 Dec 2012 Close of Service: The End
12 Jun 2013 The End -- For Real

And a final thanks to Travelex in Nelspruit for always being patient with me :).