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"the boys i mean are not refined
they shake the mountains when they dance"

Hi there, my name is Hayley, and I'm a journalist. Eminem sings songs about me. This one time, I held a penguin. No big.

in spring of 2011, i went to Italy for a while. and lo, the great study abroad saga of florence, starring gelato, paninis, and some dude named michelangelo, was born.

now that I've graduated college, i'm fulfilling a high-school promise to myself to go work in a fishing village in the southern northern southern hemisphere that has no phones; you can now find me in ukraine samoa, stumbling my way through peace corps: take II with puletasi to spare. Wish me luck!

"Peace Corps: Take I" was my position with the TEFL program in Eastern Ukraine, starting in September of 2013 - you can read about my experiences and evacuation here. Слава Україні.

Disclaimer: I am using this blog to express my own personal opinions. It is not meant to represent the views of the Peace Corps or of the United States Government.


16 September 14

pityless-wave said: Hi! I messaged you almost a year ago now asking about the application process for the Peace Corps, and I just wanted to let you know that I have applied, and I'm being considered for Senegal! No interview yet, still in the very early stages, but I'm super excited. Thanks for the advice and good luck in Samoa! (:



That is AWESOME!! I hope my advice helped you figure out what you were getting into at least a little bit :P That is going to be so amazing, congratulations! I hope you get everything you want :D Did you request Senegal? Are you going to be TEFL? Did I mention congratulations? WOO!

(also for those of you wondering, her original ask is here, and has pretty much a total breakdown of the Peace Corps application process circa 2012 :P)

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Posted: 8:05 PM


and talk about packing lists! 

part of going anywhere or dealing with any kind of life change, for me, involves making ENDLESS LISTS. i have like ten going right now (one of which is specifically dedicated to “things i want to eat before i go” and yes it includes breakfast burritos and sushi and in n’ out. my momma gave me a gift card. there are animal fries in my future). but i figured i’d share my packing list with you! it’s influenced by a) the peace corps samoa packing list, b) what volunteers currently in samoa tell me to bring, and c) my own experience in ukraine which is probably useless but i can’t help myself from applying it.

SO. If you are thinking of heading to Samoa for twenty-seven months, you might want to bring some of the following: 

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15 September 14

some depressing stream-of-consciousness stuff

people talk to me a lot about ukraine. and they’re right to - the entire point of being a PCV back in the states is to share the culture of your host country with americans, strengthen ties and understanding between the two nations. two-way street and all that. but i also just super desperately do not want to talk about it. 

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14 September 14

two weeks left

and i am terrified

i hate this part of going anywhere - the part where you’re frantically trying to make a list of who you’re going to see and who you’re not, all the stuff you need to bring, what you’ve got to get rid of, what you’re going to do with the rest of it, who’s not going to be where when you get back

it’s dumb because i have spent most of the last however many years of my life wandering off to different places for increasingly long lengths of time; you think this would get easier. but somehow it never does. and then i end up in this sort of fugue state where i don’t want to think about my impending departure so i don’t do anything and that helps exactly no one.

uuugh this is so miserable

Posted: 3:23 PM

oh sure my whiny little post about how you don’t work makes it through but everything else get’s a big ‘ol “internal server error” stamped across it. thanks, buddy. i see how it is.

Posted: 3:23 PM

why won’t you let me post things, tumblr? if i cannot do that then what is the point of you

Posted: 3:00 PM

kaiyves said: I approve entirely of your Megalodon rant.


pictured: more likely than a megalodon sighting

glad you approve! :P i would rather watch sharknado 12 than see that bullshit passing itself off as science

11 September 14
Found this note taped to the inside of a truly bizarre box of keepsakes… well, tiny prehistoric self, i did not cheat, and since my birthday is exactly 1 month after i arrive in samoa, looks like i’ll just have to take this note with me.

Found this note taped to the inside of a truly bizarre box of keepsakes… well, tiny prehistoric self, i did not cheat, and since my birthday is exactly 1 month after i arrive in samoa, looks like i’ll just have to take this note with me.

24 August 14
dinner on the docks #chesapeake

dinner on the docks #chesapeake

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14 August 14

sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?


Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

Reblogged: cacupid

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh