Trip Start Jun 2008
Trip End Aug 2010

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hello again,
All is still well over here in Mauritania.  I had a nice relaxing weekend, meaning there was really nothing for me to do....That is not exactly true, but I guess I am just not entirely used to the Mauritanian lifestyle, which consists of a consecutive series of catnaps throughout each day.  Seriously, napping is one of the national pastimes here.  You pretty much have to take a nap after you do anything.  Wake up, take a nap.  Eat breakfast, take a nap.  Nap, take a nap.  Maybe they are on to something, though, as I cannot remember when I have been this rested!  It also helps considering five days of intensive Hassaniya language training in a row every week is fairly taxing.
In between respites, though, I did manage to get out and do some exploring.  I met up with a few others and we walked to the opposite end of town (towards the Senegal boarder on the river) and headed north on one of Mauritania's two paved roads!  In between cars slowing down offering us rides to the capital, we were able to get a nice look at the other side of the city, as well as some of the more fertile land along the banks of the mighty Senegal.
I also met up with one of the other volunteers and we played our guitars for my family.  They seemed to enjoy it, as we had a few of the kids dancing...
I am just sitting here at the training center right now.  We finished up a session for our sectors and have some downtime.  Peace Corps fed us tuna sandwiches, which were glorious, and I am about to head back to my place to get ready for class this afternoon.
Everything is moving along here pretty quick.  This Friday, we will all meet back up at the training center for some sessions, then on Monday we find out where our permanent sites will be and head out to them for a week.  I will not lie, it is pretty exciting and we are all about as anxious as could be.
Enjoy the pictures, and I will get back to you one I figure out where I am going to live for the next two years!  Ok.  Gonna go take a nap.....
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