Goodbye Forecariah

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

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

My time in training is almost over. Yesterday I had my last language class.I'm going to need to hire a tutor at site. I really like Malinke. Katie, who grew up in Southeast Asia, says Malinke sounds a lot like Japanese.  Some important phrases that I will use a lot are "I kolobali", you are impolite (which is a huge insult here), "I makun" shut up and "N mal lon" which means I don't know. That should cover quite a bit. 
I got a complet made for the Farewell Ceremony in Forecariah and Swearing In in Conakry.  The fabric cost 50,000 Guinean Francs (GF), expensive because it's dentalle. Dentalle is a thick fabric usually with holes and intricate embroidery all over it.  My tailor lives next to Astrid.  I love her. She doesn't charge a lot and she finishes a whole outfit in 24 hours, and it fits perfectly.  I have brought her other trainees and I think she appreciates it.
I did my final presentation on Thursday at the hospital.  Annalisese, our APCD (Assistant Peace Corps Director) basically the boss of Public Health, was there to evaluate us.  My partners were Kim and Sam.  We did our sensibilization on food diversification.  We've noticed during our sejourn in Forecariah that rice and fish sauce is pretty much the meal everyone gets 3 times a day everyday.  Obviously, this is not healthy.  So we presented the 3 food groups.  Three food groups, you ask, surely I learned in school that there is food pyramid with 6 food groups? Well not in Guinea! There are only three: construction, protection and energy.  I presented construction which is basically protein, our meat group on the pyramid.  We emphasized how one could substitute beans for meat though, since meat is so expensive.  Even though all the children in the audience were hooked up to IVs and the mothers were breastfeeding at the same time as we presented, I think the mothers actually paid attention and after the translation into susu, might have actually taken away something from it.  Ok well I'm really tired so I'll be back on in a few days to tell you what it feels like to be an actual Peace Corps Volunteer and not just a trainee.
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