About Me and Keeping in Touch
I will be in Mali in the Peace Corps for the next two years working in Agriculture and Environmental Development. This blog will chronicle my adventures, thoughts, and events while I am gone. I hope you enjoy.
One of the most common questions I have been asked is how to keep in touch. While I will be quite far away, there are still many ways to keep in touch. I will have a cell phone in Mali, and you are welcome to call me/text me (email me if you want the number). Email is another popular option (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will likely be able to check my email every few weeks. My favorite option is letters via post (c’mon, in a depressed economy, help out the post office!) My address is:
Chrissy Scheller, PC
Corps de la Paix
Some tips for sending letters and packages are as follows:
- Send postcards in envelopes.
- Number your letters and packages so I know if I missed one.
- Padded envelopes are a lot cheaper to send than boxes. The pre-paid boxes are cheapest in terms of boxes, but it’s all expensive. Don’t feel obligated to send me things.
- Write ‘air mail’ or ‘par avion’ on all envelopes/packages.
- Write that all packages are gifts or school supplies and are worth nothing.
- Write religious symbols (crosses) and/or that packages contain religious materials to deter theft.
What to send me, if you are so inclined:
- Parmesan Cheese! (The green Kraft ones work well, but others have received regular shredded in a bag and it’s been fine.) (This is hands down the most important food stuff not available in country.)
- Sauces in packets (American food tastes good regardless of quality here.)
- Boxes of packaged food that can be made via stove top
- Salty snacks
- Chips and crackers(!)
- Good jam
- Nuts that are not peanuts
- Raisins, craisins, dried apricots, dried sour cherries
- Oat bran
- Chocolate (even if it melts, it is still heavenly. Pack in a ziplock so it doesn’t ruin other things.)
- Swedish fish
- Tootsie Rolls
- Peanut M&Ms (or if you really love me Peanut BUTTER M&Ms)
- Post cards/ pictures of yourself/ things to hang on my wall
- Books (need more direction? Just ask.)
- Cookies (should probably be first on the list)
- Logic Puzzles
- NY Times crosswords
- The Economist
- Fascinating news articles (even if they’ll be old by the time I receive them)
- Campaign news (as the 2012 elections heat up)