Hello Friends, I apologize for the long delay in updates to the blog, emails, and other forms of communicative media. Summer Camp (training) ended, and having passed all of my exams I am now living and beginning to work at my site (the closest PCV is 25k away, not too bad). My site is just east of the city of San (look it up on the map); given Peace Corps Security rules I can’t post the name of my town on my blog as of now, but if you shoot me an email or ask my parents you can find out where exactly I live. In a few weeks I’ll include some better, humorous posts about how life is going. However, this is serving just as a brief update now to the Peace Corps adventure.
I more or less spend every day hanging out with my Malian friends, drinking tea and working on my language. A few times a week I work at my local health center where I’m running a malnutrition/baby weighing program, as well as help with the vaccination days and anything else they need. I’ve managed to establish a pretty good daily routine (I have an amazing running route), and while there have been the typical ups and downs per usual for the Peace Corps, everything is going really well and it’s been an amazing experience so far.
Life is much better as an actual PCV than as a trainee. More fun, more freedom, more experiences, etc… I have some very amazing stories lined up that I will begin posting soon, along with lots of pictures. I haven’t had my computer at site with me for these past few weeks, and when I’m in San with the other PCVs of my area we prefer to frequent the bar over the internet café. But the stories are there, and more are coming. You can also shoot me an email to my Gmail account if you care for a less politically correct assessment of my surroundings. So yeah, it looks like mid to late October the blog should be back in full swing and the funny stories will return. Cheers.