Mama I'm coming home...
Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
21Trip End May 31, 2007
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Well I arrived safely into the arms of my parents yesterday after traveling all day from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The trip was uneventful, but I was glad to be done with it.
Waiting for the plane to take off from Montego Bay, I realized that I would miss Jamaica. I didn't think I would but I guess the enormity of my experience didn't sink in until I was about to break from it. I know that when I return, I will appreciate it much more. My attitude towards Jamaica is slowly changing and improving, it helps that I'm beginning to meet some great people. My life now is satisfying.
In the last two weeks I've taken up African drumming. I connected with some very knowledgeable people that were more than happy to take me in as their new student. So far I've played mostly on the Jumbay, also learning some songs, and witnessing African dances. I've had two lessons so far and both times exposed the inner layers of myself. That sounds strange but participating in something as primal as drumming really brings out the human elements, the natural layers of myself. I was nervous to start because drumming was so new to me, but my teacher, Kofi got me started and before long I was keeping the beat. We played in a circle, I was on the Jumbay, there was another drum and other folks played the bells and shakers. I look forward to more drumming when I return, and I'm also going to buy a Jumbay so I can play at home and entertain the neighbors. he, he, he...
My work at the Health Authority and my duties as VAC president have kept me busy the weeks leading up to my trip. I've begun to work at a local Primary School in a town close to Ocho Rios, named Lime Hall. I've already met with the teachers once to introduce myself, and introduce the list of needs and priorities that the principal developed. Shortly after I get back, I'll be meeting with them again to hear what they have to say about what they want at Lime Hall Primary. I'm excited about the possibilities there, especially the possibility of using my knowledge of structures to develop the school physically. Right now the school is just one large building with chalkboards separating the classrooms. It is easy to imagine the decibel level when class is in session.
So I have much to get back to, but this vacation in Wisconsin is a welcome break. A change of scenery, and perspective to think about what I've already done and what is in the future.
I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyous New Year. Safe travels. Peace
p.s. It's really bleeping cold here!!