Enjoying the natural beauty of my new home!
Trip Start Mar 21, 2006
55Trip End Oct 05, 2008
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I have had a wonderful first few weeks at site, albeit some of it spent away form site visiting other volunteers, but wonderful none-the-less!! Last weekend I headed to Mountain Province to meet up with the other PCV's placed there. What an incredible drive up the mountain, breathtaking views of the vegetable terraces as far as the eye can see and entire villages literally sitting on the side of mountains!! Amazing!! We spent the weekend in Tadain a Municipality of Mountain Province where a volunteer form last year's batch is placed! What a beautiful community, surrounded by mountains and wonderful hiking trails! Rachel has an amazing house there, tow stories and a huge kitchen. She said it was way nicer then anywhere she lived while in college in the states! We enjoyed great home cooked vegetarian and even Mexican food (what a treat!) and wonderful conversations and stories about being a PCV here
Yesterday I spent the day in Ambogdolan, the Barangay I will be primarily working with. The Barangay council, Women's Organization and the DAR- Department of Agrarian Reform were sponsoring a tree planting and beautification project near the site of the caves. The entire day was filled with pinch myself moments... there I was planting coffee trees on the side of a mountain looking out at the incredible views of the area, and hiking down to the caves while chewing on Sugar Cane we picked from trees on the side of the road. Too amazing!! One of the other highlights thus far has been getting to know many of the women, there are two adorable gals at the Municipality who have taken me under their wing and I love it!! One of them is totally going to be a seregant aunt/mom to me. She always wants to pinch my cheeks! I spent this morning before lunch chatting with them at the nearby little snack-shop, our conversations ranged from the family planning policies here to the many issues facing the teenage population. The energy and spirit of women never ceases to amaze me!! I love how it has the ability to transcend all language and cultural barriers!! I look forward to continuing to grow with and amongst this amazing group of women!
As I write, the now daily afternoon rain heavily beats down outside! There is something very powerful yet peaceful about the rain here. That is until landslides or typhoons hit! Thank you all for the e-mails and snail mail always a treat to hear from each of you. I hope everyone is well and know that I think about you all often!!
All my love,
Sherry (Check out the amazing pics of the caves and tree planting)