The training begins.....

Trip Start Jun 2008
Trip End Aug 2010

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hello everyone!
Life is grand here in Rosso..... since you last heard from me, I have moved in with my host family in a nice little place by the Senegal River.   It actually reminds me quite a lot of my place in Australia, except here we do not have electricity or running water and I live with nine other people and five goats! I have nice little room equipped with my mosquito net and I am only a fifteen minute walk to my language class and the market.
My family here is great.   I gave them a few of those flashlights that do not need batteries and they were a big hit.   So was the Frisbee.  As a result, every kid in the neighbourhood knows my name now, so if anything ever happens to me I can just call my little kid posse to take care of business...
We are a good three days into our language training, and I feel pretty good about my handle on Hassaniya.  Every evening I give my five brothers' and three sisters' English lessons, and in the process have been able pick up some good vocabulary.   I have class six hours a day with four other trainees and our professor, Sidi, is the man.   I actually think I will be able to get myself around here in ten weeks.   Plus, Sidi taught me some sweet dance moves for use when wearing my boubou....
All and all, this has been a great experience so far.  I definitely have a lot to get used to (heat, sanitation, goats, heat), but I think I am going to get a lot out of my experience here. The people here are wonderful, and they really seem to be thankful for what we are trying to help them to do.
Ok.  I have to go buy some mangos. Keep checking back !
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c.jaruszewicz on

Your fashion sense is showing; blue is such a good color on you - can't wait to see the tailored product. Looks like you and the goats will just have to have a meeting of the minds, so to speak. You already get along with people great...

scbmoonbeam on

Dear Michael...Aunt Susan here! Barka is 'thank you' in Dagara...your pictures so remind me of my stay in Burkina Faso...I believe you are going to love it as much as I did...I found the people most are doing wonderful work there and can't wait to hear more about your adventures...once again, I am jealous and wish I were with you! love, Aunt Susan

thayerleslie on

Be Nice to the Goats, they are your dinner
Hey !(that's Floridian for Hello) Mike, even in the Heat you've got it. The sunglasses put you over the top! Loved your blog and latest photos. They give a real feel for your life there. Sounds like you are bonding with the people(and live stock).Soon you will be able to communicate as if you've always lived there. I still can't believe that you are there...keep us posted. Love Aunt Deb

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