It is finally hot hot here in Botswana, and that means days of sitting around the house trying not to move. The water has been out for days, though luckily a friend has been sharing her Jojo tank water with me since I’ve exhausted my stores. The change in temperature has also brought bugs, and I’m seeing one of those giant spiders every other night. At least this means Crunchy has some moving targets to play with.
I’ve been busy since the last time I posted. I went to my old training village (Kanye) a couple weeks ago to help out with the training of the new group. Our Peace Corps doctor was nice enough to let me help out with session and I got to meet the new group of trainees. It was sort of surreal to see a group 6 months behind – my group members and I have been in this country for a while now. I think I’m finally over the hard part and I seem to be getting busier and busier every day.
This past week, I had a shadow named Adam. He’s a trainee who spent the week with me living life like I do. We were surprisingly busy, spending time at the garden, school, and wellness workshop my counterpart was managing. Since Adam was my first visitor, I got to show him around and share what my daily life is like; it was pretty cool and I’m excited to get more visitors.
I’m still having issues with my organization, but have also found some other small project ideas that can occupy my time. I’m hoping to start a recycling program, plant trees around the village, and get some books for the local libraries while sifting through the problems at my primary assignment. I figure these will be activities with fewer barriers to success, so cross your fingers for my personal crusades.
Although I got a lot of support for my man-beard, it’s just too damn hot now. I shaved it all off. I had actually forgotten what my face looked like underneath my mane since I began growing it in June. Upon removing the Jesus factor, it appears that I got about 10 years younger and lost a lot of weight. What will I do with my hands now when I’m lost in thought? Maybe the beard will return next winter.
To my fellow MSU football fans: 4 years in a row! Go green.