Random news from my twelfth month of Peace Corps service, in 140 characters or less.
April 11 – Biked 104 kilometers in 5.5 hours today as a conditioning run for a bike trip to Mansa in June. Rear is sore, but legs are still attached.
April 12 – Just got handed a Jehovah’s Witness flyer by two dudes in shirts and ties outside my house. Some things are exactly the same as in America.
April 14 – After waiting two hours for a hitch, we flag down a truck driven by Chinese guys. It rolls past, then stops. They spotted the Asian! Score.
April 16 – Lake Tanganyika is the 2nd deepest lake in the world, renowned for its unique fishery. So of course we’ve spent the past two days shopping.
April 19 – On a bus from Kasama to Serenje watching The Gods Must Be Crazy 2. I’m in sub-Saharan Africa, watching a movie set in sub-Saharan Africa.
April 21 – At the prov house in Mansa. I haven’t moved from my chair and laptop on the back porch in 14 hours. Technology is vastly underrated.
April 25 – Avocado ranch cheddarburgers with feta and sauteed mushrooms, and shoestring garlic fries on the side. Best dinner I’ve had in months.
April 28 – Helping to post the newest volunteers in PC Zambia to their sites this week. Shopping has never been such a gloriously chaotic fiasco.
April 30 – Back up to site. The kids instantly flock to my house and demand that I give them bread. I don’t have any bread. Nice to see you guys, too.
May 1 – Sebastian is making great progress on his new pond. Part of the loan agreement is that he has to use women as pond diggers along with men.
May 3 – Down to Mansa again en route to Lusaka for Midterm Conference. Busying myself writing blog posts, proofing resumes, and making fried rice.
May 4 – Another showing of TGMBC 2 on a crowded bus. Note to self: Kalahari bushmen appear just as novel to Zambians as they are to Americans.
May 7 – Today I’ve consumed 2 meat pies, coffee, 8 cookies, 2 shawarmas, more coffee, sweet & sour chicken with extra rice. I’m in Lusaka, alright.
May 9 – Have spent all day in bed with a high fever, along with half my intake. Conspiracy theorists among us blame the flu shots we got this week.