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May 28th 2008
Published: June 17th 2008
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In the last week of my Peace Corps Volunteer experience in Benin, I realize I have not yet posted these photos. I might even have some more later...

I went exploring in the ruins of Athieme. I went the first time randomly, and without the camera. The second time I went, someone warned me that snakes like to hang out in ruins, so the dogs accompanied. I was assuming a snake would find the dogs before me.

The other photos are of things dear to me- mangoes and small children.

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ruins of athieme

This series of pictures is of three homes right next to each other. They are all in ruins, and mostly falling into the river. I walked as much around as I could, and some in after the dogs had done a snake/rat/other animal inspection, and appreciated the architecture. These buildings, now hidden in corn fields and tall grass, would have been built in the early 1900 by the French.
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athieme ruins

Imagine these trees everywhere. This is another very small remaining section of the forest that once covered the river valley.
My FriendsMy Friends
My Friends

This is the good picture. I like how Zidane, the boy, is looking at me like I am respectable.
My True FriendsMy True Friends
My True Friends

This is what we really look like.

More mangoes from Mathurin's tree. Yup, eating so many mangoes can add to the thighs.
These are ApplesThese are Apples
These are Apples

Just kidding. More mangoes.
Growing DinosaursGrowing Dinosaurs
Growing Dinosaurs

Just another hot and boring afternoon became magical with Nancy's excellent gift of dinosaur capsules. Even Grandma liked it.

These three are spoiled rotten in a good way. The oldest girl and I later fought out dinosaurs. Fortunately they are only made of sponges.
The TwinsThe Twins
The Twins

These twin boys were both born feet first. That gives them the names of 'Agossou' and 'Agossa.' I got to hold twins! And of course the mother and father wished me such a blessing, as well.

17th June 2008

quelles jolies photos
have so enjoyed this travelblog during your time in Benin - merci! vraiment tu es une inspiration. bon retour! Christina
18th June 2008

I'm going to miss your pictures!!
10th July 2008

Hey, always good to hear and read the occasional updates from you! Where are you off to next?

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