Model GMC

Trip Start Jun 2008
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Trip End Aug 2010


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ish haal-kum!
 
Hey everyone,
 
For all of you following the recent political events please know we are all safe.  Our PC Country Director has been keeping a close eye on everything and it looks like we should be able to continue on with our work uninterrupted.  I will be sure to keep you all up to date though.
 
I was just thinking the other day how fast time has gone by here.  I don't know exactly how long we have been here, but I do know we only have a few more weeks until we ship out to our permanent sites!  I can remember how big of a shock it was walking around Rosso when I first arrived, dealing with the menacing goats, precarious donkey cart drivers, and all around culture shock.  Now, though, I feel pretty at home here.  I am used to drinking 15 glasses of tea a day.  I have no problem sweating for 23 hours each day.  And I can even understand what people are saying to me....  I am also glad I have a pretty good relationship going with my host family.  I definitely do not have a lot of the luxuries (like running water or electricity....) that the other trainees  have, but my family is definitely very supportive of what I am doing here and have not tried to take advantage of the "rich American" staying with them.  I still look pretty tough, though, so I am sure that has something to do with it... haha.  Seriously though, this has been a real eye opening experience to see how much of the world actually lives.  I am definitely not eating like I did back in the states (don't worry mom I am getting plenty of nutrition), and I think it is easy to forget how lucky many of us have it back in the USA.  This experience has really made me appreciate what I have.  I would still like to win the lottery, though. 
 
Check out the pictures.  We took a hike out near the river and saw some nice new scenery.  We also saw this fella who got in a tangle with a giant lizard.  The lizard (about 6 feet long) lost....
 
In other news, outside of language class we have started our more formal (model GMC) training sessions.  We gave our first lesson today.....in Hassaniya....ha ha.  We gave a talk on malaria and sanitation and they actually seemed to understand what we were saying... There was a lot of participation, too, so I think we are on to something here. 
 
Other than that, it is still hot, I have managed to keep the goats out of my business, and I am organizing a wish list if anyone wants to send me a package (hint hint).  Ha ha.
 
I hope all is well.
 
Mike
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