August 2008


im so excited t,mmw were going to grand popo and ill be able to get some much needed sun on my legs!! plus no classes! and model school is over! and i had my last language exam! and only a couple more days till swear in! im so happy for this break.. ive been stressing myself out lately, working xtra hard for model school. but now im going to go to the buvette and have a nice grand FLAG……

In Cotonou…

So I’m in Cotonou right now getting some medical tests because I’ve been sick for a while. It’s nothing too serious, I think. But I had to do a stool stample and a blood test (I KNOW you wanted to know that). The doctor already gave me her diagnosis but we’re still waiting for the tests to come in. YAY. But I’ve been getting some quality internet time and I’ll be on the shuttle back to Porto Novo this afternoon. Yay! Tommorow I teach two hours of model school so I have a lot of lesson planning ahead of me. Only two more weeks till swear-in!!

…and it couldn’t come any sooner. Model school has been really draining. All of TEFL is really stressed out (overworked and underpaid!). That isn’t to say that I don’t love it here. I’m starting to love teaching which is totally bizarre on so many levels. But i do, and I love being around the other stageaires, I’m going to miss them so much after swear-in. Basically, if you didnt know, swear-in is when we officially become volunteers and are moved to post. My post is pretty isolated and we aren’t allowed to leave for three months. Which I know will be hard but I feel like I can do it. I’ll also miss my host family!! I was thinking to myself just yesterday…. what will I do without Mamans pate rouge? I eat it like its going out of style. I pretty much eat anything and everything here. I’ve probably gained a little weight, tommorow I’m going to step on Sarah’s scale and we’ll see what the bottomless plates of cous cous and fried bananas have done.

Have I ever mentioned the weather? So far here the weather has been great. I live a little far out into the countryside where city becomes forest. It’s always really tropical and beautiful which I dont think a lot of the other stageaires get to see since they’re more concentrated in the center city. I love it, even if it gets a little scary at night. As I’m pulling out water from the well to take a bath after school, sometimes I just watch the sun set over the trees. The wind rustles through the Sacred Forest which is across the street from my house. It’s always on the verge of raining. I love it. It’s really peaceful, and relaxing after a long days work.

So I finally got some clothes made here. They’re….interesting. You’ll see them in photos soon, I promise. But for now imagine a big blimp with the most bizarre colors you’ve ever seen splashed all over it. Throw in a few images of Virgine de Guadaloupe on the blimp, and you have an exact image of what I look like. See? You don’t need photos.