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TGIF

Posted by Lucille on June 5, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a very relaxed Friday. I played with babies all morning. I got to watch the doctors drain an abscess that had formed over a baby's eye. SO much pus. It just kept coming and coming. But the baby could open his eye a little afterwards and you could tell he felt a lot better. It was a slow day so we took off early and went fabric shopping.

Birthdays

Posted by Lucille on June 5, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

After work today we went to the home of someone from the hospital for his son's fourth birthday. We played musical chairs and tossed around balloons, then watched the kids eat an extremely spicy seafood cup that included whole crabs. We slipped our servings to some of the older kids, but happily accepted a baobab smoothie. On the way back we picked up some cake and ice cream and called to a woman from the lodge to run over to the table so we could sing her happy birthday before it melted, a very hasty but all around enjoyable celebration.

Future

Posted by Lucille on June 5, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been bouncing through a lot of ideas, but here's the current plan: Berkeley for one year, move to a Portland school and major in environment, then do a 3 year nurse midwife program.

The Bargaining Begins

Posted by Lucille on June 5, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We've gone through a lot of the things we brought, so an unofficial bartering system has developed. Trail mix and anything with whole grain is the most valuable, followed by toilet paper, all the way down to sunscreen and bug spray.

Half Way There

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

25 days down and 25 to go!

Things You Don't Notice Until They're Gone

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Only pooping every five days is really weird. I wonder if this happens to the locals, too, or if it's just us. And I think it's funny that when you're traveling, this counts as good lunch conversation.

Forgot One

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Something to add to the list of things I miss: personal hygiene. Even if it was possible for me to be completely clean, smelling weird is pretty much a given at this point. The humidity is so high that nothing ever dries completely, and I'm pretty sure my clothes are growing mold.

They're On To Me

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"And what are you cooking today?"

"Benachin."

"You are excited?"

"I'm very excited. I want to remember how to make it so I can make it for my parents."

"You will have to observe very well."

I lifted my notebook. "Don't worry, I'll write it all down."

Everyone in the room burst out laughing. "Jainaba, Jainaba, she is always writing!" they laughed while some of the younger kids ran around doing impressions of me scribbling in the air.

Manners

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I cooked again and the family invited me to eat with them before we brought the food to the lodge. We gathered around a bowl of fish and rice and our guide brought out spoons. "I know in your country, everyone has his own plate, yes?" he said as we started eating, "Here we all eat from the same bowl. It is good to make sure that the whole family comes together a few times a day. It is a good time to teach the children manners, like not to look someone in the eyes when you are eating..."

At this point I realized I was eating and looking him in the eyes at the same time, and hastily looked back at the food while everyone started laughing.


Catch 22

Posted by Lucille on June 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A good friend of ours from the hospital was deployed to a hospital two hours away. He was given a day's notice, and he's to stay there for two years and only come back on weekends. He is a wonderful, cheerful man and very much a community person. He's been doing a lot to help us in addition to all his other work. Everyone loves him. When they found out he was being deployed, a bunch of the local people tried to intervene, until they found out it was a promotion. His wife has clearly been missing him a lot. Every time we saw her this week we reminded her how many days were left before he came home.

He came back yesterday and joined us for dinner, and it was so good to see him. I missed him more than I realized. This puts me in a bit of a predicament, because it means that, as homesick as I've been, as soon as I get home to my family I'm going to start missing people here. Of course, a major goal of this trip was building relationships and connections with people from a different culture, so missing people is a sign that this trip is turning into the kind of experience I wanted it to be.


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