Keepin' on keepin' on

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
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Trip End Jul 14, 2007


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Good day, good day!

I just wanted to post a quick one saying that things are going very well and seem to get even better each week. I'm really beginning to love teaching here in Friendship, and although the students are a handful sometimes, overall it is a really awesome and rewarding experience. As I spend more and more time with the kids, I'm beginning to understand what they really need in terms of schooling, and what kinds of lessons will work best with them. And so I'm pretty sure that they are actually starting to learn some real stuff about science! It's very exciting.

Since I am writing this now, I obviously survived the escapade through the jungle to the Amerindian Heritage Festival, which was really fun and interesting. To get there, people piled into pickups (about 20 people in the back of each truck), and took the bumpy jungle trail ride for about an hour into the middle of nowhere. Surprisingly, in the middle of nowhere there also happens to be St. Cuthbert's Mission, which is where the Festival was held. It was a really cute little village, and there were a lot of people there partaking in the festivities. There was a lot of food, dancing, and drinks - Cassava bread, plantains, pepperpot, etc. There was also this potent alcholic drink called piwari, which is made from fermented cassavas. Apparently it is sometimes made from women chewing up the cassava root and then spitting it out into a jar and letting it ferment until it's a drink. Interesting!
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