My friend Adam is continuting being an amazing person. Currently, while I blog in an air-conditioned building and complain that it may just be too cold right now, he’s here:
hello everyone!just thought i would write a brief email enlightening everyone to what has been going on in the last month. well, it has been quit busy. “Stage” (french for training) is quite a grueling, but entirely necessary, process. so far, though, i have found myself enjoying it immensely despite the difficulties assimilating into a new, very different, place. at first, the level of garbage and poverty in the streets is somewhat overwhelming. however, it is genearally considered the norm all over the county and thus far i have met countless peace corps volunteers and mauritanians who have been fantastic in helping me ‘adjust.’ already, i feel like my time here will be worthwhile and successful! already, i can tell my french is improving and hopefully hassaniya will follow. i am assigned to Kiffa, which is in the assaba region. it is drier then rosso (where i have training) and that, for the time being, means less bugs which is great! i have been here for 3 days (for site visit) and the PCVs already here along with the trainees in the region wih me are great! I will become very close with them in the next couple years.also, the great thing about kiffa is the many ngo’s that are already based here. i already connected with USAID and the head there is really excited to work with me. if i did nothing in my 2 years but work with them, that would be fine. i will have the opportunity to travel on ‘missions’ in the region and will be privy to the inner working of USAID and the WFP (world food program) which i am extremely excited about (especially for my time post -peace corps!).anyways, back to some training things. i just wanted to check in. once i hit swear in and get to site permanently (sept 1) i will have much more time to write in more detail and more often. i am enjoying every bit of my time here thus far and the people who are with me are as supportive and enthusiastic as anyone would hope for. once i get my camera in the mail (inshallah) i will be sending pictures on a soon to be started site. TBA. miss you all!adam.