Spring cleaning and some darn good feelings
Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
27Trip End May 2009
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These past few days have been great. My best buddy, (who by the way I really want to help apply for colleges in the states so if anyone has any thoughts on how to get him a full ride that would be awesome- he taught himself English and recently just got first in his whole school and he gives me such hope for the future of Senegal) has been helping me with my community entry research and I recently just completed a map of my town. Two evenings during the most beautiful part of the day I toured my village and got to draw again. Also I have hopes of training some of the teenagers here in how to do surveys and hopefully while not only teaching them some valuble tools Ill get a clearer picture of what my village actually needs or what its own capacities for helping other villages are; Im sapose to be their last volunteer...its kind of a sobering thought...
Also sobering is that five out of the 43 people I came here with have had to early terminate. Its such a hard thing to decide to do and whats even worse is when you have to. For some reason I thought we'd all make though together but life and other peoples lives in your life happens. Its crazy to even think about going home at this point, Sengal is well, what I mean to say is that when I do go home in two years wont it be weird to think about leaving here, will I get to that point or will I be totally ready to go home? This is my life right now, so different from what Ive ever known I mean we cook on an open fire here and it takes five hours to clean your clothes by hand, sand boxes for kids in the states-sand is everywhere here. I really like it though, the thought that this world has so many pockets of different groups of people having their own way of living and intereacting with thier environment, and then there is globalization, a silver thread that is slowly weaving its way through us all...a double-edged needle?- Im corny I know- oh what I wouldnt give for corn on the cob...I tried to explain it to someone the other day...they just laughed.