2008: a year to be entirely spent in AFRICA

Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
Trip End May 2009

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

HUT chit chit chit.  This is a common exclaimation muttered here, kind of like a sigh when things are going to get a bit difficult.  Its kind of how I feel right now about this new year.  I just spent the entire holiday season in village and while it was really wonderful and spectacular to see all that they did to celebrate I couldn't help but feel this void that simply could not be filled.  I ate tons of yummy food and saw traditional dance and last night for New Years, the party of the yougins, we had a disco at the school and I had a real good taste of modern Senegal dance.  It was all really great but I felt like a spectator, an observer, not really part of it...looking at it all from above, but I guess that is what I am.
As always I've got ideas and people say they are interested but as the saying goes here "talking doesn't cook rice" and I am anxious to start this year and see what will all happen.  Control of plans is not something easily obtained here, really it's a river and you just have to go with the flow or you'll just add water to that river with your  tears. I haven't done it yet, ok maybe a little, like today when I got five letters!  I was so happy to hear from home. I have never known such homesickness that is not only for the people but the places and smells and just plain old familiarity...I miss miss miss all that is known to my spirit but continualy  realize this chance to be here living and breathing other ways of knowing this world, is amazing and I will one day miss it too.

Happy New Year folks and PEACE PEACE PEACE let it be real!

love Desneige
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lgarsonsmith on

Hello from a snowy Belfast January 1st
Hello, Desneige. We're having another snow storm (8-12 inches) on top of the already 3 feet or so of snow we have! We've had our Christmas vacation break and are supposed to start school tomorrow, but the weather may get in the way. That would make snow day #3 and it's only the very beginning of January.
I can feel your homesickness. Your words are very moving. What you are doing, Desneige, is so courageous and energetic; few people have the energy and courage to tackle the monumental task of being a Peace Corps volunteer. I want to be encouraging to you while honoring your feelings.
Do any of the villagers own computers? Is there a power source for computers in your village? I'm thinking about this MIT professor I read about recently, Negroponte, who's invented computers designed to survive well in third world countries for $200. A person buys one, and the company gives one away. Would such a computer be helpful to your village?
I love hearing about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Sending you love....Linda

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