Arrival in Benin

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, July 9, 2005

Today we met for breakfast in the designated cafeteria room at 7:30am. It consisted of bread, butter, jelly, oranges (that are actually green), bananas, and powdered instant coffee. Every morning we have the same breakfast.

After breakfast, we went to the PC office. While there, we received 2 more immunizations, Typhoid and Meningitis (Mom, you've been telling me to get that for years....haha). The Typhoid shot wasn't so fun after a few hours; everyone's arm got really sore. (And of course, every time I have received a shot on this "trip", my arms have turned black and blue. I bruise SO easily for some reason.)

After the shots, we were fitted for our "zemidjan" helmets (a motorcycle helmet) and a bicycle helmet, as well as sized for our new Trek Mountain bikes. We also had a short placement interview with a Staff member. We had to have a French conversation with him, so he knew what skill level we should be in.

When we returned from the PC office to Centre Paul VI, we left again to go to the buvette (bar) up the road. I had my first Benin beer, La Beninoise. It's comparable to a Miller or Bud, and costs less then a $1.

Cotonou is a really dirty city. It looks so bad, I can't even describe it. It's not very safe either, especially if you are out at night. So, to "protect" us, the PC set a curfew of 8:30pm. Since that was too early to go to bed, most people stayed up and played cards. We all agreed that the curfew was a good idea, even though it's not what we are used to.
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nsdamour on

Hi over there!
Hi Jennifer!

It sounds like you're already having some great experiences. I bet being with other PC Volunteers makes the transition a lot easier. Your blog is great so far, and know that you have at least one reader! I look forward to reading more when you get a chance...

Nicole D'Amour

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