Random news from my sixth month of Peace Corps service, in 140 characters or less.
October 12 – Spent an hour tossing cups of water at iwes through my windows. Matt thinks: This will chase them off! Kids think: This is a fun game! Sigh.
October 14 – Sebastian gave me a pineapple after I helped move fingerlings from a drying pond. Dinner tonight: tortillas, black beans, pineapple salsa.
October 17 – Got 43 cries of “Muzungu bele!” (foreigner) and 11 singsong taunts imitating Chinese on my ride to the boma today. It’s nice to be noticed.
October 19 – It’s 11pm and a crowd of people is laughing and cheering outside. No idea what’s going on. Midnight revival meeting? Impromptu comedy show?
October 21 – Killed a bat this evening inside my hut. Just another day in the life of a Peace Corps volunteer.
October 23 – The muzungu draws water from the borehole at the school for the first time, is the afternoon’s entertainment for a schoolyard full of kids.
October 24 – Nearly ran over a scorpion this morning. Biggest scorpion I’ve ever seen. Only scorpion I’ve ever seen. Biggest scorpion I’ve ever seen.
October 27 – Chatted with Sebastian for two hours comparing American and Zambian nativism, then discussed how to cook caterpillars. Love this guy.
October 29 – First rain of the wet season!
October 30 – Second rain of the wet season!
October 31 – Third rain of the okay you get the picture. Wish they lasted longer than fifteen minutes though.
November 3 – Solar eclipses are overrated. The partial eclipse visible over central Africa today wasn’t nearly as exciting as the thunder this evening.
November 5 – First taste of summer sausage in nearly a year; grease was literally dripping from the wrapper. Going to get so sick. So worth it.
November 7 – Watched ten fish farmers argue over where to dig a pond for two hours. I guess working in groups makes things take twice as long everywhere.
November 10 – At a funeral for four hours. Some bamayos sought refuge from the rain on my porch; now have six new friends who wonder why I’m not married.