35,000 Dobras

By Beth “35,000 dobras????”  Kilson looks at me in disgust. “Can you believe that?” I’m out getting beers with Kilson and his cousin and they are in absolute shock over…

Boleia!

By Beth “Boleia!” the men shout to me from the sides of the road as I whiz by on my blue Suzuki motorcycle. This is how you flag down a…

Culturally Illiterate

By Beth I set my notebook down on the table in front of the teachers. Today is our day to review the computer program that we have developed, to look…

Sempre Fixe

By Beth Greetings are important in São Tomé. You cannot enter a room without greeting every single person in it, whether it’s a handshake, a kiss, a hello, whatever. Sometimes…

Your Boyfriend's Calling

By Beth It’s 10pm on a Saturday night in São Tomé and I get a phone call. I don’t recognize the number but I think it might be my boyfriend,…

Kites

My boyfriend Kilson and I are flying kites off of Ned’s dock. It is a perfect day, sunny and, natural to any ocean environment, windy. We found a few kites…

Sexism and Candy

Sexism and Candy By Beth At night I sit around with the boys and drink beer. We slap at mosquitoes while we chew the basics- soccer, women, who’s talking about…

Pills at the Bottom

By Beth Today there are few turquoise pills in my little orange canister. My heart skips a beat. I can actually see to the bottom. For many, the lack of…

"Are Those Computers?"

“Are Those Computers?” By Beth Kadma walks into the teachers’ lounge, or rather a room just off the courtyard with an open space with grating instead of windows. Class is…

The Blessing and Curse of Light

The Blessing and Curse of Light By Beth Miguel motions me over to him, just steps into the school’s courtyard. I look behind me into the classroom. It is rustling…