Sunday, 8 June 2014

It was so hot last night that I couldn’t sleep with a blanket, so I used our bug net, since it’s mesh. However, this is counterproductive since it’s suppose to keep the bugs away. I woke up hating being here.

I hate sweating all night long. I hope that I can at least burn some calories. It isn’t even the training period yet, and I’m kind of counting down the days until I’m done. I don’t want to deal with these girls anymore, either. They aren’t mean to me, but they don’t start a conversation with me and when I talk to them they don’t keep it going. I feel like I impose.

We spent the whole day inside except for breaks and occasional group projects. It felt nice, though. We learned about Peace Corps Rules for Volunteers and how strict they are. If you don’t use your helmet while riding your bike, get on the back of a motorized bike, take legal drugs, or not taking your malaria pills you get kicked out no questions asked. Seems Draconian but I’m sure they have their reasons.

I sat most of the time in the back corner trying to not fall asleep. I fell asleep during our cultural lesson about customs and traditions. Oopsie again. When we were done with class today at 5:15pm, however, I went for a walk with some other people, trying to fit in. I felt like that was a fail.

But I did wash some of my clothes with my roomie, Eugenie. That was fun and completely new to me. I don’t like doing it. We had three buckets for which we went down the line. My white pants aren’t going to make it very long.

At dinner they ran out of salad and that’s all I want right now. Then the chicken leg is super tiny and skinny from lack of food around here. Then again I am thankful for what I’ve been given, and feel quite guilty for the luxuries I’ve become accustomed to. And I solace myself that although the portions are small, I’m blessed that the food is completely natural with no chemicals.

After dinner was the coolest though. I took a shower and unlike the past few nights, I went to socialize with everyone. We got a group picture at night, and played cards. Then someone broke out the guitars! So three of us played guitar and sang along. Everyone was out and had so much fun! I think I am finally caught up with the time zone change. (We’re four hours ahead of Tampa time over here.) Not sure, though. I guess we will find out tomorrow if I don’t sleep through my first two classes. Good night   🙂


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