A windy day in the Battlefields region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

A windy day in the Battlefields region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

I’m a biological oceanographer from rural Nebraska who loves crochet, nature, and Africa.  I am currently a researcher in estuary ecology at the University of Georgia and recently served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in rural South Africa training biology teachers.  I have three sisters, three brothers-in-law, three nieces, and a nephew.

4 Responses to “About”

  1. zeddy Says:

    Hey Annette, nice work you are doing, keep up and God bless. my email is , regards from Kenya

  2. Andrew Says:

    Hey Annette!

    *Please pardon the random comment! I tried unsuccessfully to find a way to privately message you, so I hope this gets to you*

    Emily (my wife) and I are currently PCVs in Nicaragua in the TEFL Teaching Training sector, and have been keeping a blog during our last 15 months in country (www.maywesuggest.org). We first saw your blog during the PCV Blog it Home Contest, and have been keeping tabs on it since. Yay for technology giving us a platform to share about, reflect on, and connect with others about our PC service 🙂

    I’m writing because I’d love you to contribute something for our blog. I’ve been keeping a Dicho Doce series (Sayings on the Twelfth – maywesuggest.org/peace-corps/dicho-doce-page/), cataloguing and sharing some of my favorite Nicaraguan expressions. For the 12th of December I’d like to collect twelve different sayings from 12 different PC posts around the world. The format I’m thinking of is a having each person submit the phrase in the native language, provide a direct American English translation (if possible), and then a short summary of its meaning and the context in which to use it (~100 words). If you have a photo to go with it, that’s even better 🙂

    I know that may not be enough space to do the expression justice, so if you select a phrase you’ve already mentioned on your blog there I’d love to link directly to the full post. We’d love for our family and friends to get a sense of the larger PC community and PCV experience by checking out the featured blogs.

    What do you think? If you’re interested, would you be able to send me something by the end of this month?

    Muchas gracias!

    1. annettehynes Says:

      Hello, Andrew!

      As a PC Response volunteer, I didn’t get isiZulu training and my skills are still very poor. But I will consult my friends about Zulu sayings.

      I do have a post on Kiswahili sayings. My first Peace Corps service was in Kenya, 1999 – 2002. I should note that my take on the “Eyes of the frog” saying is incorrect. It is typically used to say that regardless of the words and warnings of small people, big people will do whatever they please.




      1. Andrew Says:

        Awesome! Thanks Annette! I’ll let you know if I have any questions for ya.

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