First Comes Love then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite

In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him —literally–to the ends of the earth.
Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life without sushi, frothy coffee drinks and air conditioning.  But with college diploma in hand, it was time to put up or shut up. So with some ambivalence she arrives at the Peace Corps office–sporting her best safari chic attire –to casually look into the steps one might take if one were to become a global humanitarian, a la Angelina Jolie.  But when Eve meets John, her dashing young Peace Corps recruiter, all her ambivalence flies out the window. She absolutely must join the Peace Corps – and win John’s heart in the process. Off to Ecuador she goes and – after a year in the jungle – back to the States she runs, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days.

But life had other plans.  Just as she’s getting reacquainted with the joys of toilet paper, John gets a job with CARE and Eve must decide if she’s up for life in another third world outpost. Before you can say, “pass the malaria prophylaxis,” the couple heads off to Uganda, and the fun really begins–if one can call having rats in your toilet fun. Fortunately, in Eve’s case one certainly can, because to her, every experience is an adventure to be embraced and these pages come alive with all of the alternatively poignant and uproarious details.
With wit and candor, First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria chronicles Eve’s misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder. From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, here is an honest and laugh-out-loud funny look at the search for love and purpose—from a woman who finds both in the last place she expected.

My Review: I love travel memoirs, I really liked this one.  This one was unique because she joined the peace corp and gave a very real story.   Most of us hear about the great accomplishments of the peace corp, but what if something goes wrong?

I loved this story because it was also a love story and the distance (literally) someone is willing to go for those they love.

The story of Uganda was amazing, Uganda is a country I really hope to visit someday.  The Pearl of Africa.   While Uganda isn’t always shiny it was nice to hear the good and the bad, because I do think a lot of times people who write travel memoirs they want to paint the most positive light to the point it doesn’t always feel real.

This book is perfect for ANYONE who wants to visit Ecuador or Uganda.  It is also perfect if you are contemplating the peace corp.

This is a refreshing take on living abroad and I think it is a great read for the casual reader or the world traveler.

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