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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 21st 2006

Finally in Nairobi after 600 hours on the plane - saw Mount Kilimanjaro out of the plane window - it's absolutely enormous, I was very impressed! It's 27 degrees here so gorgeous and warm even though it is winter!! Got picked up and driven to the hotel which was hilarious, the roads are full of mini bus taxis heaving with people waving out of their windows at you, and loads of guys with a death wish running up and down the lanes of traffic with cars flying past them selling random things like tea towels and footballs. The funniest thing was seeing a man with no legs shuffling along on his bottom oblivious to 4 lanes of traffic with flip flops on his hands waving at us too... Have just had a 'mild' curry which nearly ... read more

Africa » Ghana June 21st 2006

On the 1st day of June I was teansfered from Koforidua to a village of about two and a half journey from Koforidua.it was preety dark when I got there at about 8:30pm so I didn't get the time to walk through the town,so I had a rest that night and woke up the next morning raedy to go out and "proselyte".Whiles proselyting I a good number of church members and also had a contact with a good number of new peoplewe are suppose to teach. we then boarded a taxi to a nearby village:infact when we got down out of the taxi I thought we had arrived at the place,to my surprise we were now comming to walk for about half an hour to get to the next village to go and teach. on ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha June 21st 2006

In 1992 when we decided to move to Tanzania we did it in a matter of 8 months. Not, that we would have done it differently at the time, but it was a learning experience. What TO DO … and what NOT TO DO. For example, DO plan better and with more notice. DON'T pack everything in moth balls!!! DO plan on being without your stuff for a few months while it clears customs and DON'T pack macaroni and cheese in the same box as soap!! But through all of the shortcomings, we managed wonderfully and were blessed above measure and it made the greatest impact on our lives. If it hadn't, I doubt we would be starting this all over again! This time, however, with experience and knowledge in tow, we are being more methodical. ... read more

Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum June 21st 2006

Well, today was an early morning being blasted out of bed to Muslim prayers on a loudspeaker from (I presume) the local Mosque. Needless to say, given my lack of sleep the night before...I was quite bitter. After a breakfast of crummy eggs and this bread akin to pita-bread, most of us set out for the West (the Darfur region therein). I got alot done during the day actually. I vox-recorded 14 interviews (w/ an interpreter of course, as I dont speak any Arabic, yet anyways..), and we got to film another 4 short ones right around the time that we left. We drove East after we ate dinner (rice and cooked fish, courtesy of Raymond {a freindly sec. guy from Kentucky}), and had planned on stopping in this town and staying in this one town ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra June 20th 2006

Today I was introduced to the Police Hospital that I will be working in for the next month. I arrived at around 8:30am after a half an hour tro-tro ride to Osu, although I didn't start my introduction until 9:30. As the other volunteers have informed me, Ghanians are very relaxed about time. People will often come late to work and its accepted as being quite normal. However, this is quite reasonable considering that the tro-tro is fairly unreliable. As Louise put it yesterday, the transport system here is organized chaos but it works. People actually sometimes fight their way on to a tro-tro. Imagine a very small minivan with about 20 people in the back of it; that's a tro-tro. When it came to a stop near the guest house this morning there were probably ... read more
Mr. Vieira

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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra June 20th 2006

Greetings! I have a few minutes before practicum so I thought I’d write a few thoughts…. 1) You would not believe the American influence here…people here know more about American hip hop and pop artists than I do! Sean Paul, Celine Dion, and Usher are HUGE here....not to mention I hear Shania Twain and country music all the time! 2) The social service system in Ghana is much different than in the U.S. Since the Ghanaian government does not provide disability or other financial support to those living with mental or physical disabilities, it is not uncommon to see people living on the streets. They try to get by via begging to people walking by…it is sad to see. Some people (usually the less educated) call them “madmen,” while others give them money as they pass ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tadla-Azilal » El Kelaa des Sraghna June 20th 2006

I have been in a whirlwind the past week or so, which was sorely needed after sitting around my site for too long. The short and sweet of it is: Tuesday, June 6 I met with some other volunteers in Marrakech to attend the official opening of the American library with Karen Hughes, Under-Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy. Friday, June 9 I went with Bart and Brian who I was in Pre-Service Training with to our training town Sefrou, which is north of me close to Fes. We visited our host families and attended the yearly cherry festival which was going on all weekend. It was wonderful for me to see my host family there and so much fun to be able to communicate with them this time. They were very impressed with how much ... read more
The Declaration of Liberty
Giant Cherry
Anonymous PCVs Working Hard

Africa » Burkina Faso » Centre » Ouagadougou June 20th 2006

Heya everybody, So I am in mourning like the rest of Canada today. Our Oilers couldn't pull it off in game 7. :( It's an unfortunate result, and my condolences go out to Krissy in particular who must live in Edmonton with what is surely a very sour group of citizens. Do you think Hallmark makes a "sorry your team choked" card? Well that's the bad news. Now on to the good news! Stuff in the field went well. All good things to report on that front. I got to check out a dry-season garden that we've been talking about here for some time, so I took tons of pics and the engineer there and I discussed some possible improvements. Also, I got to hang out with some Australians I met there, and took some evening ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Kom Ombo June 20th 2006

We set off for another day sailing on the Nile. Most of the day there was no wind so we just drifted with the Nile's current. We have two stops along the way today and the first was the Town of Darrow. Usually there is a big Camel market there but there were no camels today so we when over to the local livestock market. There were all sorts of water buffalo, goats, doneys, horses, chickens, a few camels, and cows for sale. You had to be careful not get run over by all the pickup trucks in the market. We saw a man testing a doney by galloping it thru the market. Afterwards we went over to the local market area. It was crowded with people and tables with all sorts of things for everyday ... read more
Street Market in Darrow
The Temple of Kom Ombo
Carvings on the Walls of Kom Ombo

Africa » Namibia June 20th 2006

I should have posted this earlier!!! I love you Mom!! (for everyone else's info though I did email & CALL my mom on her bday... lol) And I hope you had a wicked party last night =) Love you too Dad!! My parents are awesome! I'm so lucky!!!!!!!... read more




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