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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.

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17 October 14

Alive and internet-less

Dear adoring followers, of which I assume there is at least one, so if you’re reading this then I’m talking to you:

I am alive! Surprise! Also I’m in Samoa! Double surprise! I can’t say much more about it at the moment, except that internet access is spotty and expensive, I don’t have my computer, and also the Tumblr app won’t download so I have no way of checking if I have any messages or not. The only thing I can do is make vague lil text posts pretty much identical to this one.

So if you’ve messaged me in the last couple weeks, I’m sorry I haven’t replied!! For once it’s not because I’m terrible at communicating, but rather because I’m genuinely unable. But someday I will be! And if you really need advice on something, comment on this post and I swear I’ll get back to you asap.

Training’s going well, nothing more to say at the moment, hope you’re all having bright and sunshiney days :) manuia le po!


Tags: [ Peace corps ]
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! (:

DUDE ROCK ON

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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)


Tags: [ pityless-wave ] [ peace corps ] [ ask me ]
Posted: 8:05 PM

OK SO THE LAST COUPLE DAYS HAVE BEEN KIND OF A DOWNER BUT LET’S MOVE ON 

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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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.

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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


Tags: [ chesapeake ]
14 August 14
whoops i went on a twitter rant.
Seriously though, I haven’t been plugged into Discovery Channel in a long time, but a cursory look at their programming (“I Escaped Jaws 2” “Sharkageddon” “Megalodon: The New Evidence” “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine”) shows that this network has nothing to do with “science” or even bringing awareness to sharks - they’re fabricating these sea monsters for the sake of ratings, cashing in on a cultural fear of great whites, and ultimately the animals they’re filming are going to be the ones that pay the price.
Sharks are essential to their ecosystems. They are apex predators, top of the food chain, and having them around increases biodiversity and reef health in ways we don’t fully understand yet, on top of keeping prey populations healthy. Attacks on humans are rare and largely accidental, though you wouldn’t know it to look at Discovery’s Shark Week lineup.
They’ve kept on swimming just fine for about 400 million years, but right now? Sharks are in trouble. 
What Discovery is doing is irresponsible. Shark Week, in many ways, defines how people perceive sharks, and right now all they see are man-eating killing machines - which is blatantly false - and little to no focus is given to the CRITICAL roles sharks play in their environments. In the meantime, sharks are dying. As one conservation group said, “Too many people still see them as the evil creature lurking in the waters; therefore they don’t see any real reason to protect them.”
So when you’re watching Discovery Channel this week, keep in mind: We need sharks, they need us, and Megalodon is extinct as hell. Anyone trying to tell you otherwise for ratings is an asshole.

whoops i went on a twitter rant.

Seriously though, I haven’t been plugged into Discovery Channel in a long time, but a cursory look at their programming (“I Escaped Jaws 2” “Sharkageddon” “Megalodon: The New Evidence” “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine”) shows that this network has nothing to do with “science” or even bringing awareness to sharks - they’re fabricating these sea monsters for the sake of ratings, cashing in on a cultural fear of great whites, and ultimately the animals they’re filming are going to be the ones that pay the price.

Sharks are essential to their ecosystems. They are apex predators, top of the food chain, and having them around increases biodiversity and reef health in ways we don’t fully understand yet, on top of keeping prey populations healthy. Attacks on humans are rare and largely accidental, though you wouldn’t know it to look at Discovery’s Shark Week lineup.

They’ve kept on swimming just fine for about 400 million years, but right now? Sharks are in trouble

What Discovery is doing is irresponsible. Shark Week, in many ways, defines how people perceive sharks, and right now all they see are man-eating killing machines - which is blatantly false - and little to no focus is given to the CRITICAL roles sharks play in their environments. In the meantime, sharks are dying. As one conservation group said, “Too many people still see them as the evil creature lurking in the waters; therefore they don’t see any real reason to protect them.”

So when you’re watching Discovery Channel this week, keep in mind: We need sharks, they need us, and Megalodon is extinct as hell. Anyone trying to tell you otherwise for ratings is an asshole.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh