Monday, 23 June 2014

Our one day break and rest and I had to get up at 6:30am for breakfast. My host family invited me to go to church. I didn’t want to insult them by saying no, so I agreed to go. It poured last night and continued over until the morning, so thankfully we didn’t end up going. I told them I wasn’t hungry, but Ava made me an omelet anyway. I’m tired of having them at this point.

It is very nice of them to make and give me eggs besides just bread. But since we didn’t go to church I decided to take pictures of my two little sisters. They were really cute. They kept fighting over who was going to take pictures, and they wanted to see themselves in the preview.

I studied French words and verbs, then went over to Zazie’s because everyone had left my house. I got new shampoo and conditioner, thankfully. The shampoo my host family uses is for a different hair type, and felt like it was stripping my hair. I couldn’t even run my fingers through it! I have only found two brands so far so I took the other selection.

Zazie and I then went to the bar and I really wanted Sangria, but they were out. Some other people joined us: Benta, Andrew, and Galen. I really needed to eat, but I really didn’t want to. Especially here because all the food is so carbie. We went to get spaghetti. I am so sick of eating simple carbs.

Boys on bikes in a courtyardWe went to Zazie‚Äôs house, played a French card game, then laid down for 30 minutes before we went to a soccer game. I didn’t play, as I was in a dress. Showing up to this dirt field, there were about 60 village kids there. I counted them at one point; they were standing relatively still. But oh my gosh, they were so cute! Every time I took a picture, they came running in to see it. Right then it finally struck me that I was truly in a 3rd world country. Many kids had dirty or tattered and cut up clothes.

I can’t wait until I can e-mail those pictures to my dad. They are so good. I was gone from my host family all day. I felt a little bad, but I did have Zazie text Laurentine. I don’t feel too badly because other volunteers are gone all the time and this was my first time away from home all week.


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