West fork reflections

Jan 20th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

Good morning! It’s a beautiful bright day here, the first time the sun’s been out in a few days, which is fantastic! The rains have been welcome and have given us a verdant lush garden. The bright sunlight on the grass brought my mind back to my last post, and Lizard Head Pass. The sunlight on the aspen, the smell of growth. The smells are…

Packing up – planning for the year ahead

Oct 12th, 2013 David Berger 4 min read

Training had come to a close, I’d begun the training program to become a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader, and I was busy readying myself internally for the next adventure. Sitting on the lower corner of my bed, I straightened and focused on my breathing. In the small, cluttered room of my lodge, I was surrounded by the intimate smells of fresh coffee and soap from…

CoS Conference: Saying Goodbye

Sep 16th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

It’s been a little while since I was able to write in an update, and a lot has happened in between, but let me start off today by jumping back to early July – July 8th through the 13th in fact. I left off having just arrived in Lusaka, lost in the shining mirrored glass and steel of Levy Junction, and having a bite to…

Visiting Stephanie and meeting new friends

Jul 20th, 2013 David Berger 5 min read

Good Morning! I’m continuing to post and trying to catch up, and on that note here’s the next update! I’d left my site the day before, and after settling my dad’s big Osprey backpack into a corner of the provincial house, and my little orange Quechua pack sitting on a bunk in the dorm rooms, I was on my way again. I had a mission…

Back in Chisunka, the final stretch

Jun 21st, 2013 David Berger 4 min read

Good Morning! Well, I am happily back in my village (I arrived back last night just before sunset), and I’m once again writing you via my Cell. It’s an interesting feeling being back for these next two weeks. Doing the final rounds of checkup and looking after a few loose ends. I’ll tell you it’s really something thought provoking and interesting. I am awed and…

Headed down to PST-GToT

Jun 12th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

We’re almost half way through May, and let me tell you, Provincials was good! Saturday morning at 5AM we bundled up all our gear, and started off on transport – we were on the road and making good time – my mind was a mixture of excitement, sadness, and contemplation – the 10 hour trip was a period of intense internal discussion. I had made…

Dreaming of EQ

Apr 24th, 2013 David Berger 8 min read

Dreams: I’ve always been a big proponent of following up on your subconscious dreams – perhaps it has to do with the stark reality that I don’t dream often, and when I do, more often than not I don’t remember them past the initial phases of waking up. I think that’s pretty common, slight subconscious undertones that guide us through life replayed through our dreams….

HIV, Stigma, Fear, and a personal experience.

Feb 6th, 2013 David Berger 7 min read

In my last post I helped you all catch up with some of the more recent, and quite painful events. I focused in on a tragic example from this past week, and I mentioned a little about teaching methods, stigma regarding HIV, and fear. It’s important to note that my last post was focused in on the event and immediate feelings caused by them. It’s…

A tragic end to January –

Feb 4th, 2013 David Berger 7 min read

Good afternoon folks, I have been trying to decide how to write this post for a long while now, and I can honestly say that it has been a long time coming, but is unfortunately a dark and difficult topic at best. I think it is fair to start with recent events, which have been the catalyst that brought me to writing about the subject….

REPOST: Sundays free write: a precipice of kinetic decisions

Feb 2nd, 2013 David Berger 4 min read

This is, as the title implies, Sunday’s free write. I have this interminable feeling of hunger and anxiety today. Yesterday marked the funeral of the third community member this week, and as the weather continues to shift into its rainy season pattern, malaria cases will rise, coupled with poorer nutrition due to hunger season. So will the death knells. Hunger season, FYI is the time…