Evan lo ke na ngu oko laso

Trip Start Jan 22, 2008
Trip End Nov 27, 2008

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I'm working very hard on learning to speak and understand Sango, with mixed results. The title sentence says that Evan has seen 1 rainy season today, which is how you would say that today is his 1st birthday. One of the workers at WWF (Bertain) is letting me borrow a lesson book that he has on learning Sango from English. I'm excited about this because it's much more comprehensive than what I have had to use so far which is notes written in Lesley's bad handwriting.

Bertain is from Bayanga and his wife who still lives there will be helping us with the kids and with other domestic chores. She has helped previous researchers who have come to Bayanga with their children and comes highly recommended. I'm happy that we will have some help but at the same time I feel weird about it. I've never been one to be comfortable asking for or receiving help especially when I feel like I should be able to take care of myself. The reality is that I don't have the experience in living here and it really is quite different. For example I have learned that you really only need 1 kind of soap. A bar of Dove works well for EVERYTHING especially laundry. All you need to wash your clothes is a bar of soap, 2 basins, a stiff brush, a hard flat surface, and a line. An ample amount of time on your hands is a good idea as well because it took me 3 hours to do the equivalent of 1 medium load.

So today was Evan's 1st birthday. To celebrate this occasion and to thank Jean Bosco for his help we went out to a restaurant that for Bangui is very nice. Many westerners and wealthy Central Africans frequent it. For desert I really wanted the chocolate mouse that was on the menu but they were all out so we opted for flaming bananas instead. I'm not too sure what Evan thought of all that but he enjoyed the bananas nonetheless.

Tomorrow we leave for Bayanga. Hopefully we will get on the road about 0600 so that we don't arrive too late. We will be staying at the Doli Lodge for a couple of nights while we get the house in order. It may be a while before I can give any more updates. I will continue to write blog entries off line and upload them when I get a chance.
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debbiez on

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So nice to see a picture of all of you together, which I know is not easy to come by! Wishing you a safe journey to your destination tomorrow. Love, Grandma Debbie

Mballa Roche Amircar on

hello nice to hear that i am so happy to see a white man and white woman and white kid visiting my country anyway am sorry that you don't know but am a Central African Republic i live in Cameroon study in Cameroon but i wish to have your contact so that we can talk more about ourself i wish all the best and here is my email address r_mballa@yahoo.com hope to hear from you have a nice time in Central African republic and enjoy your tripe in all over Central African republic have you visited my village my village is called BOKARANGA please visit my village and tell me how far you love it please don't hesitate to contact me as soon as possible you get to me okey

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