And here is my friend, Zazie. We were with our entire Peace Corps group of 31 volunteers. This picture was taken after we first landed in Burkina.
This is my bed from the first week when we stayed at the convent before departing to our host families in Leo. There are five other beds; Zazie, Chloe, Bridgette, Sam, and I stayed in a room together. This is a really nice room because there are huge windows that allow wind to actually come in and try to cool off the room. Of course, there is basically no air conditioning anywhere in the country. The net above the bed is a mosquito net to prevent night time insect attacks. Bed nettings are the primary defense here against malaria and other vector-borne diseases.