down by the river.

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The Kavango River: separating Namibia from Angola.

It still amazes me how different the landscapes are as you travel through Namibia. This weekend I spent some time in Rundu. I knew I was getting closer to town when I saw vivid green foliage, traces of water from recent heavy rains, and elephant crossing signs. Yes, seriously. I live in a country where elephants and people can cross paths (although, it wouldn’t be a great idea). How crazy is that?

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One of the many beautiful peacocks roaming around Camp YEAH over the weekend.

Each year volunteers in the Kavango Region host Camp YEAH. YEAH stands for Youth Exploring and Achieving in Health. The camp focuses on educating youth about the risk of HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting youth such as teen pregnancy. Volunteers and counterparts select motivated learners from their communities to participate.

This year, we will be introducing this camp to Ovamboland, creatively rebranding the name to Camp O-YEAH. Camp O-YEAH will be held during the first week of May. I have been put in charge of getting all the kitchen/nutrition stuff in order for camp. Since this is my first time being on the operations side of any camp, I figured this was a great opportunity to check out Camp YEAH, but also see how a camp kitchen is run.

When I completed my dietetics degree, I never thought I would use any food management concepts again. Not because I would never need to, but because I never wanted to EVER again. (Never say never, my friends!) I fell in love with the community health aspect of dietetics, and not so much with the food management or clinical side of it. Dietetic professionals know that creating menus to feed the masses takes a lot of time, math, tears, and preparation. Move to Namibia and add in converting everything from US to metric, and it turns into one heck of a good time.

I watched as a team of two volunteers with the assistance of a few locals cook and serve three meals per day to approximately 50 campers and staff. I was thoroughly impressed and mostly relieved that some school kitchens in Namibia are equipped with appliances found in commercial kitchens in the States. (They had a tilt skillet, y’all).

Mariah and Winnie cooked and introduced delicious new foods to the campers while reminding volunteers of the yummy foods we sacrificed for two years.

 

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Delicious cheese…oh, and chili.

 

For me, planning six days, 17 meals including 5 tea breaks, and 50 expected attendees will make anyone want to pull their hair out, but I think it will turn out just fine.

 

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Speaking of hair, do you like my new style? Can’t beat a new look for $10 USD.

 

❤ Krystal

 

the resignation & giveaway.

Before I get down to the major news you want to hear, I am going to show you what I 6-packed this last week. It has definitely been a crazy few days. So, here ya go.

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Ok, ok. Now, you want to hear all about the good news. I get it. I know, such a cliffhanger. So, I resigned from my job on Friday. Let me give you a little background.

I accepted my position at Chesapeake in September of 2010. Although, it’s been mostly a great place for me to work, I never have truly felt like it was the place for me. Many times in the last 3 years I began to seek out new opportunities, but each time, I felt a uneasiness that I was just running from something, instead of to something. Although, the oil & gas industry is great place to learn and grow, it’s just not for me.

So, what will I be doing now?
If you have had the opportunity to read my Twenty-Thirteen Goals, you will catch a little snippet of what I will be doing. After lots of prayer and weighing pros and cons, I have decided to:

1) Move to Texas
2) Go back to school

I’m going back to study dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian. I understand all this is possible in the current state I live in, but I’m ready to move closer to family, and for a military brat, like myself, it’s hard to live in the same place for sooooo long. So, that’s what’s currently going on with me.

In celebration, of this decision, as promised, I am hosting a giveaway!!! I want to thank the kind people at Feetures and FuelBelt for helping a sista out.

Feetures. Can you say lifetime guarantee? There are no socks like this. They provide comfort during running, cycling, or any activity without creating hot spots with lead to nasty blisters. Feetures Brands are giving the opportunity to try their Elite socks. They are well-fitting, no-show socks, that provide you with the most comfortable run EVER.
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FuelBelt. Summertime and you know what that means? You need all the hydration you can get! I survived my marathon with my FuelBelt. I used my FuelBelt to store my snacks, water, keys, ID and GU. Now, you can have the chance to win their featured product, the Revenge R20, to keep you hydrated all summer long.
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It’s simple. Click on the link below. Follow the instructions to gain the most entries. Winner will be contacted on Saturday.
Good Luck!
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