Pared Blanca

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Pared Blanca
Pared blanca is Spanish for white wall, and to me, a white wall is an invitation to fill it. This blog is my white wall. It's where I share the exciting, the frustrating, the mundane, and the quirky of international life!
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  • Pie in the Sky, For Some of Us 1 year ago Months ago, when I was still in Morocco, I had a "pie-in-the-sky" conversation with my friend Fatima. Or at least, I tried to."If you could change anything about our town, what would you change?" I asked her. (In hindsight, I'm rather proud of that sentence structure. It took me many moons to learn...
  • Lights, Sirens, and Bending Over 2 years ago I rode in an ambulance for the first time a few weeks ago. It was my clinical ride-along for the EMT class I’m taking, and it was amazing. A lot of the details can’t be shared on a blog, not unless I want to get sued. A lot of my feelings don’t belong on a public blog, not when I’ve...
  • Grief and Thankfulness: When Peace Corps Sent Me Home 2 years ago Last Tuesday, I got a phone call from the Peace Corps medical staff in Morocco. The moment the doctor said hello, I knew what she was calling about. It was her voice, the kind of voice my mom always used when she had bad news. Full of apology and regret.Sure enough. Peace Corps had decided to...
  • When It Feels Like Home To Me 2 years ago When I walk down to souq first thing Sunday morning and am greeted by sellers who know me by name. The spice seller tells me I'm probably out of garlic, which I am, and tells me a joke as he sells me some. The butcher waves, and the candyman with his little cart of nuts and Bonbas gives me a shy...
  • Burnout and How To Fix It 2 years ago When the medical officer from DC called the day before I was due to fly back to Morocco after Christmas, she didn't beat around the bush. I want to be honest, she told me. We're not willing to have you return yet. We're concerned about your health, and we're not sure Morocco is the best place for...

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