Night and Day…

It’s been a long time since I wrote my last blog post.  Now, it’s COS (Close-of-Service) time.  I have my COS Conference this week, and will be leaving The Gambia in August.  I was sorting through old pictures and videos from the past 2 years, and I started feeling nostalgic.  To commemorate COS Conference week, I made this little video.  The beginning are clips of my cohort from when we first arrived in country, but later videos include all the other PCVs in The Gambia.  Enjoy!


Happy Birthday to My Niece and Nephew!!!

One of the hardships that I face living in Africa is being away from my family.  March is especially hard because it’s the birthday month for both my niece and nephew.  Every year, my sister and brother-in-law throw a large party with family and friends to celebrate both kids’ birthdays.  (I know when they get older, though, the kids will probably want their own birthdays celebrated separately, but for now since they’re still young, everyone comes together for a big combined Happy Birthday extravaganza.)  This year, I put together a little Happy Birthday video with the help of my Peace Corps The Gambia friends and some Gambian children.  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Megan and Cameron!  Uncle Ryan misses you!

I’m back!

It’s been a very, very long time since I last updated my blog.  Since my last post, lots of things have happened, and hopefully I can write a more detailed blog post about each major event later.  In short, however, the school year has resumed (and my counterpart at the school quit at the end of last month).  My project, the HIV/AIDS Bike Trek (teaching students about HIV/AIDS across the Gambia), had its “training of trainers” weekend in Sept, and the Bike Trek itself is next week.  I traveled to Europe to see my family and friends in October.  I’m happy to report that I gained 5 lbs during that vacation, but I’m sad to say that I’ve probably lost it already.  But I’m super excited that Thanksgiving is around the corner :O nom nom nom…

In the meantime, here’s a little video that I made using my GoPro camera. It’s of me biking in the bush to my village. The video is a bit shaky because of the bumpy/sandy roads. Enjoy!

Peace Corps The Gambia Harlem Shake…

Over the weekend, I had some free time on my hands.  I had learned about the Harlem Shake viral vid on YouTube just recently, and so I figured, “Hey, why don’t I make my own?  It’s simple enough.”  And so, I did.  I rounded up a bunch of kids from my village and told them that I wanted to videotape them dancing.  They already love being the subject of photographs (they always run up to me and say “Photo me, photo me!”), so being in a video was just as fun and entertaining.  I got my friend/neighbor to help me and together, we got the kids to jump up and down to some Gambian pop music.  I also filmed myself and a few kids doing the helmet-head-bobbing part.  Afterwards, I just took the clips, stitched them together, and added the Harlem Shake music track to the background.  And that, my friends, was my Sunday morning last weekend.

Hope you enjoy my video: