Firstly, I want to thank all of you who have been sending me packages, postcards, letters, and comments on my blog. I am truely greatful for getting/reading these little things that mean you are staying in touch and that you are interested in learning about my experience in this strange and unique country. These gestures cannot be repayed and are worth more than any luxury I may come across here at my site (luxury being an electric fan, an ice cold beer, or scrambled eggs).
I am now in a town near the interior of Guyana and settling in nicely. Due to Peace Corps regulations ("safety & security"), I cannot say exactly where I am located, but it is considered to be the "Gateway to the Interior". Like before, however, you can contact my parents (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will be happy to give you my location and my mailing address that I will be using at my site. You may even be able to google map it!
Alright, let's be brief about what I've been up to for the last two weeks and I'll go into depth later on. Lists are always the best:
- I have a cell phone and i have two numbers (long story, explain later). 641 4480, 674 5066. 592 is the area code and country code. my cell can access internet at slow speeds and I've been using it to write emails. If you would like to Skype me, just purchase Skype credit and you can talk with me for about 40 min at $10 worth of credit. Dial the country code (592) and then the 7 digit number and I'll pick up!
- I miss you all terribly and the last week has been really difficult for me. I had the worst two days of my stay here last Mon and Tues, but will blog about it later.
- My digital camera and my digital recorder (of which I had beautiful stories of my host mother's childhood stored on) were stolen out of my bag during my Peace Corps swearing in ceremony. The staff seemed nearly indifferent about this news, even though the ceremony was closed to the general public and inside a hotel. It was a hard lesson for me to learn.
- Members of our staff haven't been very professional, reliable, honest, or transparent about a great deal of information about our sites. Members of Guy21 don't even have housing right now.
- My site is gorgeous and my roommate is wonderful. Our house may look like it's going to fall down, but Peace Corps assures us it is safe and secure. We shower outside and have a pit latrine that is 50 yards from our back door.
Alright, I've got to go. More later.