Two weeks in and so far so great
Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
27Trip End May 2009
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Right now I am busy training to be a Peace Corps volunteer which means I'm busy learning all about Senegal's culture both in the classroom and living it with my family; learning the local language of Wolof; learning how to stay healthy and safe and getting to know my fellow peace corps trainees who will be my support network these next two years. I think its the people who can make or break an experience and so far its been incredible.
Eating food with my right hand and squating in turkish toilets to go to the bathroom has been interesting. At every meal the family shares a big bowl of food and we sit on the floor together and eat. The food is very good on most occasions; bucket baths every night and the sound of Muslim chanting and praying to lull me to sleep at 10:00pm and wake me up again at 5:30am. Sand is everywhere and so is trash. The clothing is beautiful and I love the colors and patterns so much. I had my first outfit made with the help of my family and it is beautiful complete with a matching head wrap. I will send a picture of me soon once I find a computer with a USB cable input.
I'm looking forward to my next two years here and please send letters. Mail is a wonderful thing.
If you want to send a care package here are some items of importance: hand sanitizer; Emergen-C packets to hide the taste of bleach I have to clean my drinking water with. gardening gloves. power bars; dried fruit: and pens and anything that you think would make me smile.