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Author Archive: Nicole Badry

Fairytales and a hospital visit

I’m exhausted, but need to write about this day – just another extraordinary one in my Malawian life. I woke up earlier than expected – lying outside a mosquito net I brushed aside after it covered my face and woke me up several times during the night.  My friends woke up before their alarms went…

There’s a mouse in our house!

It started out as a normal weekday morning. I could hear Maria heating up water in the kitchen around 4:30 a.m. My alarm went off at 5:10 a.m. I hit ’Dismiss’ and pulled the comforter up over my head. ‘Nicole! Nicole?’ I kept my eyes closed, but started to move the blankets down. “Good morning!”…

Running Home

Inspired from a run on Tuesday, 15 June 2010. One of several paths leading home… There’s something special about running.  It’s hard to articulate.  As a child, most of my running was confined to gym class or down the lane to catch a school bus in the morning. Oceans away, running in Africa provides a…

Just Another Day At Parliament

“You’re quiet.”  It was a questioning statement I felt compelled to attempt to answer somehow. “Yes, I’m just here to observe,” was my response. As he walked nearer, the other public broadcasters left for the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban-Ki-Moon on the red carpet. “I didn’t like the angle you took on…

Arrival and Adventure in Africa

Moni (Hello) from Malawi! Muli bwanji (How are you)? Ndili bwino (I’m fine). It’s nearly the end of my first week in Malawi. It’s a wonderful place – filled with very kind people, many green trees, and a lovely atmosphere with much intrigue. I’ve seen numerous women balancing baskets, branches, and containers on their heads.…

Journalism & Journeys in Malawi

I sorta fell into journalism when I was 19.  It was the summer before my first year of university began and I was browsing through the course offerings at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  I’d already confirmed my acceptance and was excited and scared by the prospect of moving across the country from…