Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything. Sorry about that. Things have been crazy here. In June, we had 9 days of pretty violent strikes. People were angry with the government, and students protested b/c they didn’t get to take their exams. The government/military ended up killing about 21 students in one day of protests…they are calling it Black Monday. Not a pretty situation. Never seen anything like it. Things have seemed to calm down…who knows what the future holds for this country.
My 9 day vacation was OK…but I’ve really gotten used to having an 8-5 job and didn’t do well with the having nothing to do. I was safely tucked away in the Peace Corps compound, so there should be no worries about my safety…if anything happens here, we’ll be the first ones out.
I’ve been traveling with work the last few weeks…and staying fairly busy, which is nice but also stressful. I’m continually enjoying my job and learning tons every day. My boss is a great mentor, and we have a good working relationship. I continually have frustrations with the Guinean ministry people that we work with. I am learning that due to the fact that I am a girl, young and not married, I get absolutely NO respect…and it’s really frustrating. This experience will definitely help me in the future. I will begin studying for the GRE and applying to grad schools over the next few months. It’s amazing how quickly the time is passing here.
So, life is good…I’m healthy. I have a cat (Safiatou) who brightens up my life and runs like a crazy woman around my little apartment. I have good friends who I enjoy hanging out with. I am dating a wonderful guy who makes me super happy and treats me like a princess. Really, more blessings than I can count.
I’m taking a week in August to go to Côte d’Ivoire for a friend (Delphine’s) wedding…really excited about that. Other than that, work and all. Would love to hear from people…don’t forget that I have email every day and I have a phone that works great!!! Yes, I am in Africa, but I don’t live in the middle of nowhere anymore.
Miss you all!!!
Peace and love!
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