Thanks for visiting my Now Page. It shares what I’m doing now. I made it because I want you to have a chronologic grounding to complement my eclectic blog posts, in case that’s important to you.

WHERE

My partner Evan and I have been living in Sub-Saharan Africa since mid-2016. It’s a mobile life, and we are currently in Swaziland! We are heading slowly south.

WHAT

We’re living on our bicycles, but that means different things to different people. We cycle for three to eight days at a time, and then generally break for about the same amount of time in a town or city. That makes it sound like it is scheduled, but it’s not. We tweak the ratios and distances as we go, and each country ends up having its own balance. We do try to ride on quiet dirt roads in mountainous areas.

When we are rushed by visas or not wanting to cycle, we put ourselves and our bicycles on a train, bus, the back of a truck or a boat. Lately, I’d say about 80% of the distance we’ve covered is by cycling, but it depends.

Our life in towns, off the bike is as important to me as time on the road. It’s time for digesting what I’ve been seeing, feeling and hearing. If you meet me in town, you’ll find me indulging in the use of a communal kitchen, grocery shopping, or glued to a screen writing or reading.

WRITING IN PUBLIC

I spend 3-30 hours a week drafting blog posts. This is my main focus when we aren’t cycling. They ferment for a while while I figure out what they are trying to say and then I edit them over and over, which is better for trying to figure out what I am trying to say. I’m working towards having 100 total posts here by the end of 2018. I’m currently at 64.

My last TinyLetter went out in late February. If you’d like, read about it here to see if it’s your thing. When you sign up I send you a copy of the most recent one so you have something to read in the meantime. The next one is going out late April.

READING

Three books I’ve recently read, in a sentence:

  • Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers (ordinary and surreal life in civil-war Liberia, lived by a woman both ordinary and anything but) Thanks, Jenna!
  • Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (gentleman’s guide to apocalypse damage control, never see foliage the same way again) Thanks, Evan!
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri (never see casual labourers or bare-footed children the same way again) Thanks, hostel book exchange!

CONTACT ME

Have questions or just want to say hey? Get in touch, hello (at) meganjamer (dot) com. Thank you so much for reading!

at a pupil desk chopping onions at a school in Zambia

Chopping onions for cooking dinner at a pupil’s desk at a school in southern Zambia

This update was written April 14, 2018. This is a Now Page inspired by Derek Sivers, via Shannon O’Donnell!