Archive for August, 2009

this is what I dreamed about for 2 years

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

yum yum Me, and a big old brunch.
I love America.

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.