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mixed feelings

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I have said good bye to my friends and colleagues in Sokode.  It was not easy, but they threw lots of parties for me.  Several going away events were thrown in my honor, 2 at schools I worked with and 2 others with friends and colleagues.  I did not cry at any of them, although I came close at times.  It was mostly just laughing and telling jokes and not focusing on the fact that I’m leaving. 

I realized that lots of people would have liked to say good bye or give me something to remember them, but they didn’t have anything to give.  So I bought a notbook and decorated the cover.  I asked everyone to write in it, draw in it, or do anything that would help me remember them.  People seemed to really enjoy that and it was nice to have a way to say good bye. 

What i have missed in 2 years

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I just spent the week with the new group of volunteers who just arrived from America in June.  I quizzed them about new trends, music, and technology. It seems I’ve missed quite a bit – I even came up with a sample list of all the things that have happened or come out since I’ve been gone and away from media:

  • iPhone and Kindle
  • the campaign, election, and 200 days of presidency of Obama
  • Lily Allen
  • The financial crisis (the US seemed to be in decent shape when I left)
  • Lenovo buying HP (and plus all those new tiny laptops)
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Beyonce’s new Album
  • Windows Vista

And probably tons of other stuff that I just don’t know about.  So be patient with me if I get back and am more clueless than normal.   

Me , Worry?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

So I’ll be back in America in just a few weeks.  I’m looking forward to burritos, peaches, and goat cheese.  But I’m also a bit concerned about being able to adapt.  I know it should be easy to be back in my own culture, but I’ve gotten used to a few things here.  For example, the 3 hour break at lunch.  I can cook, eat, and take a nap.  It is definitely worth getting up at 6 am so that I can have a nap at noon.  How will I survive without that in the states?
Anyway, looking forward to seeing you all back home.

Obama in Ghana today

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

All my Togolese friends are excited about the Obamas’ trip to Ghana.  They’ve been asking me for weeks if I will go to Ghana to see him.  They assume I have VIP tickets.  It’s hard to explain that I’m not that important to the American government, despite my exalted role as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

In any case, they are all proud to have an American President coming to Africa, and to a nieghboring country at that.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8138641.stm

Camp Informatique

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Camp Informatique was a success! It was so much fun. It really was amazing to see kids who on the first day couldn’t tell the monitor from the mouse go to typing up letters. I think we forget how much we know about technology.
The first day of camp we spent learning how to use the mouse (clicking and double clicking) and the keyboard. For example, how does one make a capital letter? What is the enter, delete, and space key? By the third day they were browsing the internet. They had no idea what is even available on the internet, such as information on health, math, and history.
Thanks again to all the people who helped. I can not say strongly enough how much of a difference you have made in these student’s lives.