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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