- I visited a volunteer named Justin in a town called Yang Yang with another trainee, Jenn. We all had a great time together and Justin was a fabulous host. Here's Jenn and I on our first charette ride.
- I'm living in the Sahel. It's unbelievably hot during the day, then at night you're shivering
- My village is in the region Louga, but our regional house is in Linguere, so I'm going to refer to it as the Linguere region (sorry for any confusion)
- My new name for the next two years is Mariama Ndjow
- My village is really big (around 2100 ppl) and rowdy, which should be interesting
- There are a ton of teenage boys in my village and I would estimate I had about 50 marriage proposals the day I visited. It's gonna be a fun 2 years
- A lot of my friends went down south, where there are waterfalls and monkeys... I got camels...
- At the end of our volunteer visit, we drove into Linguere to meet up at our regional house with the other volunteers and trainees. Here are Jenn and I on our first bush taxi. *Note: this photo was taken at the end of the ride as we were unloading... when we were actually on the taxi, there were about 25 other ppl piled on, as well as 3 sheep and a box of live pigeons. I can't make this stuff up.
- And finally, some wonderful news.. the good people of the Linguere regional house download episodes of Glee, so all of us deprived trainees were able to watch 2 of the episodes that we've missed since being over here. Life is truly great.
I'll write again next week. And a shout out to my amazing parents for celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today! Happy anniversary, Mom & Dad!! Love you!!