My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The LA of Swaziland & Titanic 2

Went to Manzini to pick up the rent check.

Manzini is the largest city in Swaziland, they say around 100k in population. (Mbanbane is the second largest but the Captial).

Since it was my first time in the city here are my impressions. It felt big. They had real style malls and tall buildings, many of them.

Anyway, it was nice to be in a big city again. It is funny how even though I live in a "city" Nhlangano is the 3rd or 4th largest depending on who you talk to it sure doesn't feel like one to me.

I think the fact that they still have a few dirt roads in the city center area keeps away the "big" city feel.

So I was walking through the streets and stopped by a street vendor selling DVD's. Of course these are all bootleg. They had many of the recent ones that came out. I was tempted to buy them but resisted cause I am holding off on watching any movie until I get the Inception DVD from home. Anyway, I had a lot of movies in the last 10 years and the break has been nice.


Then I saw a disk called Titanic 2.

So this is just a disk with the DVD cover printed on the disk itsself and sold in the paper enevlope. I started laughing immedateily. The Titanic sank it can't sink again, think about it, how do you make a sequel, Rose is dead, Jake is dead. (By the way I saw Titanic in 70mm on the big screen last April, that is this year I saw it in the a theater at the Aero.)

On the cover, has the triangle nose of the ship with two heads above it on each side. And they are Vin Diseal and Jessica Alba. And the tagline says "Nothing on Mars could stand between them." Also there are helicopters of the side of the nose of the ship.

Of course from the director of Aliens, T2 & True Lies is still there but the lower credits are all blurry. The back has a ship sinking and Bruce Davidson & Brooke Burns as the stars.

Again, this is a DVD cover printed onto a disk sold in a paper evenlope on the streets of Swaziland. I just had to buy it, and have been laughing for days at the though of watching it. So when I was talking to Rachel, she did the IMDB thing and found that it is actually a real movie. But Vin & Jessica are not in it.

So I decided to hold off on watching it. My counterpart bought several compliation DVD of Nigerian movie. He says they are hilarious somethimes they are comdies other times just so terrible they are funny.

I am as far removed from Hollywood as I can get, well I literally could be out in the middle of nowhere Africa to be more far removed. And still Hollywood is entertaining me.


  1. trust me when you are in the middle of no where... you are in the middle of no where and you won't be watching dvd's... have electricty... etc.

  2. What a hoot ... I wonder who made it ... oh well ... I look forward to hearing about it when you finally get a chance to watch it.