If i could take a piture of myself right now, it would be of me holding up a carrot cake to my face, with a huge grin on my face. I just stumbled up on an internet cafe run by Americans with AMERICAN desserts! um, this is a really big deal, seeing as this is a very small town. made of dust.
Other news: I arrived safe and sound in namibia! I am staying in a training center with my 37 other volunteer friends. We have hot showers and balanced meals. the most comfortable beds. also, there are 7 people living in my room, and we all have mosquito nets so it looks like a white palace.
i have learned that namibia is the safest country to volunteer in Africa. Only four PC volunteers have died here in 20 years – and all from car accidents. The only way to get around the cuntry is by hitchiking, which is a little weird, but I’m excited to try it.
Games to play while waiting for a car to drive by:
so thats that
we’ve had a lot of meetings so far, but also a lot of free time which is great. This is only going to last for two more days though, because on monday we get our language assignments and start studying NON STOP. some people say training is the worst/hardest part of the Peace Corps. I’m getting my language assisnment on Monday, and I move into my host family home on Thursday! I cant wait, though im getting pretty comfortable with my current lifestyle of laying in the sun, hanging out with my friends, and reading.
I just had my last hot shower in these United States of America… so that means I’m officially going to the Peace Corps!!! Thank you Holiday Inn.
Also, yesterday was day #1. We just did the usual: ice breakers, get-to-know-you games, awkward silences, a lot of clapping. But everyone seems really nice and excited about what we’re about to be doing. There are 39 people in my group.
Some new things I learned about Namibia:
- it has a large rhino population
- namibia hosts the largest sand dunes in the world
- don’t try and take pictures of black mambas (which, incidentally, are poisonous ambush predators that can slither up to 12 miles per hour)
- nobody eats vegetables
- theres a huge cheetah conservation effort going on
- the namibian rugby team is the second best in africa, after South Africa
- the population of namibia is smaller than the population of Houston
- in addition to grubs, giant millipedes are a namibian specialty, yummm
Apparently a common food in Namibia is grub. I am not excited about this. But if Simba can do it, so can I
The past two days I mourned the death of my childhood. First I watched Peter Pan, and then I cut Boppy in half.
Just to give you an idea of how long this took me: Lauren ate her Boppy when she was six.