Last Week in Rosso!

Trip Start Jun 2008
Trip End Aug 2010

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hey there everyone,
Well, we have just about a week left before our last language test.  After that, assuming we all pass (inshallah) we will be sworn in proper volunteers!  Alright!  After a few days at the training center, we will all get shipped back out to our permanent sites and start our work, just in time for Ramadan.... which basically means everyone will sleep all day on account of the lack of food and water, meaning we won't really do much except go around and meet everyone, which I think will work out well.  Awaynatt is small enough where I think we should be able to meet a good portion of the residents.  If we can explain what we are trying to do in our broken Hassaniya during Ramadan, once everyone is done fasting we might be able to move along with our projects fairly quickly, as they will all have an idea of what we are there to do.  That is the plan at least....
With regards to the Coup, Rosso is about the same.  There was a pro coup rally two days ago, but we were instructed to stay in our homes.  From what I heard though, it was pretty low key.  We haven't really heard much more than what everyone reads on the internet or hears on the BBC, but Peace Corps in in daily contact with the Dept. of State and continues to monitor the situation.  But unless anything major happens, we are just continuing along as usual.
Model GMC is going well.  We just finished our first computer lesson, where we explained the parts of the computer and had the girls draw some pictures in the paint program. Tomorrow we are going to get them into Word and have them start typing.  It is actually kind of funny we are spending so much time on computers right now seeing that where we are going there isn't even a GMC, let alone electricity or computers....All things in time, though.  Once we get set up, we will be able to get solar panels and a heap of batteries to run the computers.  If there is one thing there is plenty of here it is sun....
I kept myself nice and busy (relative term) this weekend.  I went to two potluck dinners thrown by other trainees, where we went to town on some French fries, lemonade and cookies.  A few of us brought our guitars and sat around tooling around with those as well.  On Saturday I went for a nice long hike and found a few trails out by the river that were a nice respite from the lack of privacy one often finds in Mauritania.
Check out the pics.  I don't have a  whole lot for you, but I did snap a few shots of my homestay and my neighborhood!
Ok.  Catch you later. 
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