Saturday, May 29, 2010

Forgot to Mention

A lot of other pcts and friends have been keeping up with their blogs a LOT better. So if you would like to see what we are up to, please please check out their blogs in the list on the right. They're doing a GREAT job.

In the meantime, thank you for visiting. It means a lot to me to know that you guys are still thinking of me. Without cell service/ internet/ easy access to mail for the past few weeks (and it seems the rest of my time here), it's really great to know that I'm not alone. Especially since a lot of times, I wonder what I'm doing here.

TBH, I'm constantly wanting just one day to be back at home, eat a burger, have a beer, and watch some TV with friends. but given that I can't do that, I'm trying to get by with my new friends here and the little pleasures we've discovered, like chocolate, ice cream, and (i found in ghanzi today) oreos!! But those moments are getting fewer and far between. My site is pretty isolated from the rest of the PCV community here, as it takes 2 hours by hitch hiking to get to the town over for groceries, cell phone service, post and internet. But I'm fortunate to have what I have and am eager to start soon.

Again, miss you!

Ghanzi & some keys to pronunciation

Hi All!!

I am so excited, i am finally at a proper computer and am reading all your emails and messages and getting really homesick. I've been in Ghanzi, in west of Botswana near Namibia for the past 3 days on site visit. I've seen New Xadi and I love it. My house is a huge 2 br government building complete with gas powered stove and fridge. I have a huge yard and so far I love the people I will be working with. Unfortunately, I was only able to spend about an hour in New Xadi and have been hanging out in the relative-metropolis of Ghanzi in my down time (which is a lot). I will be working in the S&CD office in New Xadi (Social and Community Development Office).

Given that I am prone to bouts of long sessions of "creative writing" i'm going to try to keep this long story short. but I wanted to share it with you...

On our 3rd night here in Ghanzi, we met these San kids for the 3rd time, 3 of them aged 4,5, and 8 who follow us in and out of stores asking for money. They don't speak much Setswana, and I don't speak much setswana, so it was a challenge trying to say more to them than "Hi" and "i dont have money" but I did. I found their names, ages, where they lived, I was so excited to talk to these kids and thought I might get them some candy or something.Now normally in the states, I try not to give handouts to people, so I had no intentions on giving handouts here. But in my head, it wasn't really so. It was kids, who would probably liek some sweets. I almost gave them something as they followed us about 10 minutes down the street chatting with me, when I ehard from 20 yards ahead, my other PCT friends yell out "Sunny Don't!" and I stopped.

Do you think I made the right decision?

Wame (Wah-Mee)
Ghanzi (Han-Zee)
New Xadi (New CLICK-adee)

In other news, we move to our sites, as I said in 2 weeks. and i have a po box here, so don't send me anything until I verify the address here or else i may not get it in time. I'm actually pretty sick at the moment and feel like i'm about to fall out of my chair so I'm going to sign off. But i miss you all and hope you are doing well. It is really really good to hear from thsoe of you who have emailed me or sent me letters. I will try to get more good information to you as soon as I'm settled in and have my camera.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Greetings again from molepolole!!
Meredith and suanne, I got your letters thank you!!

Internet use has been super scarce here and I haven't been able to get on for about a month. But I have been able to download my mail onto my iPod to read (ie delete junk mail) about once a month. So I am seeing your emails and will try to respond. But ... Read on

Important news!! I have been placed in a resettlement village called new xade where I will be working with the San people. This means that I wil be learning a language called sesarwa with no structural or formal help (good god!) but I will be clicking. Which I am happily surprised about. I will have solar electricty. I find out more tomorrow when I go to visit.

New xade WILL NOT HAVE reliable CELL COVERAGE INTERNET OR POST. This means that I will ask you all to write to me via snail mail. I will post when I can with a post office box.

Not to dissuade you from sending me messages, but since I am moving soon, my mail will not get to me in time. Please hold off on sending me mail until I update my address here.

Also right now I am severely limited in Internet ability. I am working off my iPod which is missing a web browser. So all I can do is send and receive email. Facebook doesn't let me do anything except update my status so I can't see wall messages. So tswe tswe (please) do not mind if I do not respond quickly to you or at all. I miss u a ton. All of u. Yes even u Cassie and Julie and Rachel and Ben and Meredith and Christine and Cana and Ted and yes even venessa who is so damn lazy she won't read this..

I promise I'll write abou Botswana and my feelings and friends and all that shit soon.

Ke batle Wena fela.
I want you only.

I know that doesn't quite make sense, but it's the closest I cancer to I miss you with my limited Setswana right now.
Lol don't you miss me?

I hope so. Cause I'm incredibly homesick.