Me and My Blog

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer working as a Health Educator in rural Morocco. My service commenced as a PC Trainee in March 2010 and culminates as a Returned PCV in May 2012.

I’m at a unique place in life right now: I’m hungry to learn, flexible to change, and idealistic enough to pursue my passions.

My Blog

Life is filled with defining moments. This blog is dedicated to the moment I decided to serve in the Peace Corps.

It’s an exciting time in history. Nothing is too trivial or too important to not write about. Change, like love, can be felt but not touched. There’s so much of both floating in the air that I think it’s just a matter of embracing both.

My blog’s a window into my life as it leads up to May 2012. Enjoy!

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  1. slutkarma said, on September 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I stumbled across your blog and loved some of your posts! I really like your quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This one is my favorite of all time also by him–“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail.” Also, I have always wanted to volunteer for the Peace Corps, but couldn’t manage. That’s awesome, congrats!

    • nauticalgal said, on September 17, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Thanks for reading and the support!

  2. JR said, on March 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Hello! I just came across your site as I have been searching more and more on PCJs. I was invited today to leave in September for an English education position in Morocco! I’m super excited and wondered if we could chat a bit via email about your preparation/experience. Hope to hear from you! 🙂

  3. Kristen said, on August 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Hi, I’m leaving to be PCV Youth Developer in Morocco in three weeks. Is there any advice you could give? Specifically packing? I’d really appreciate it.

    • nauticalgal said, on August 21, 2010 at 6:04 am

      Hey there,

      Welcome to Peace Corps Morocco! I’m so excited for you! PCVs are placed anywhere from the cold mountains to hot desert so pack a little of everything. I know that sounds daunting given the 80 lb. limit but it’s possible (this coming from someone who likes to be prepared for anything/everything). Check out my post Packing List, Final Cut or the two last posts from February for PC’s recommended packing list vs. my final packing list. This year, lotion was cut out of PCV medical kits, so if there’s one you really like, pack a supply with you; otherwise, you can purchase lotion here. Honestly, there’s a lot more available in Morocco than I imagined.

      For anything that doesn’t fit but you absolutely want with you during service (i.e., French press, study books), set these things aside in a pile/box. Once you get to your final site, you can determine whether you’ll really need them. If you do, ask someone back home to ship these things to you.

      Good luck with packing! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. See ya on this side of the Atlantic Ocean!

  4. Iiro Vaniala said, on July 16, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Hey! I’m a student at a Finnish university and I’m working on a study that deals with the use of solar energy in cooking. I’d need to know some basic (nothing fancy, it’s just hard to get grass root data from the internet) information about daily Moroccan life. I would be truly thankful if you helped me a bit.

    If you are interested, please email me and I’ll tell you more about my study and what I need. 🙂

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