Madeline Uranek


Tenzin Tamdin, Sherab Lhatsang

Wild horses on the Tibetan plains couldn't have kept me away from this double wedding the weekend before last of brothers Namgyal Tsedup (East High class of '01) and Tamdin Thardoe (West High class of '05), who I'd known since they came to Madison in 1998. I'd been an informal sponsor of their mother, Tenzin Kelsang, and had seen how hard she'd worked cleaning hotel rooms days, nights and weekends for three years to bring her husband and four kids to join her. Read more


The land is unfenced, and men wander with their small flocks looking for places to graze. This is Lesotho's landscape -- old lifestyles amid modern, changing ones. The men are wrapped in colorful blankets, and often wear ski masks to protect their faces from the searing sun, blowing wind and grainy dust. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

In November 2006, I left my home in Madison, trading a wonderful, decently paid job with the state Department of Public Instruction for the opportunity to volunteer two years with the Peace Corps. I am posted in Lesotho, in southern Africa. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories