Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

So I'm visiting Conakry on a mini vacation.  I was supposed to have blood drawn yesterday in Forecariah to test for anemia but the supplies were forgotten so here I am!  This last week has been absolutely wild.  I left my site and traveled to Kankan, the Haute Guinea regional capital.  The Peace Corps car picked me up and I'm so glad it did because that was the worst road I've ever seen in my life.  It took 6 hours to go 150 k.  Not fun.  But the regional capital was awesome! It was so amazing to see the other trainees and vent about what happened at site.  Just to speak English was amazing.  Everyone had some pretty wild experiences, which I'm sure they'll all right about on their blogs. I'm going to try to post a few more of those websites so you can check out what they have to say.  But anyway, the second night we were there we decided to have a theme party: Pirate v. Ninja.  We split into teams to prepare dinner and went to the market to buy supplies. Candee and I were team mashed potatos so we bought 2 kilos of potatos, a can of milk, green onions and garlic and made the most awesome mashed potatos ever.  We also had pieces of steak, cole slaw, salad, and cake. It was good!  There were only 4 ninjas, at first, and the rest were pirates. One of the volunteer, Bob and a trainee, Neil made a group called PANTS, "People Against Ninjas, They Suck" which pirates were allowed to join if they put their name, ship, rank and email address.  But halfway through the party they made another announcement that really they were ninjas and they pulled down their ninja masks.  It was hilarious!  I obviously was a pirate, and a very cute one, I must say.  Well, as cute as one can get in Guinea without a shower or hair products and limited make-up.  The next day at 6:00AM we were on a bush taxi, again, on our way back to Forecariah.  I sat up front with Zach and Katie, Nick, Alex, Lisa, David and Kat sat in back.  It took 13 hours. We saw a monkey cross the road.  And we listened to music that actually had a baby part of the song! Awful. But we made it back alive and then life in Forecariah started again.  I was really happy to be back and have my own bed, and all my stuff.  This is our last week of training and next time I write I'll probably be an official volunteer! So until then...peace out.
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