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Friday, July 8, 2011
Two years is a fair amount of time - so here's a list of some of the things that have changed:
-I can wear black and brown at the same time. I would NEVER wear any black at all with any brown at all... until I came to Peace Corps when clothing became more about "keeping me cool" then "looking cool."
-I now eat onions and mustard. Didn't before, do now.
-I enjoy working with youth.
-I have an awesome gag reflex. Sure when I came here I had pretty good control of my gag reflex (I think that comes from growing up with bad dogs who poop in the house) but now, many, most nasty smells and disgusting things only trigger a grimace. -My confidence with French has really improved.
-I think I'm impervious to awkward. Seriously, just about every second of my day is awkward so I'm kind of just over it now. (No, this is not a challenge) -I am a lot more patient. -My "camp fire cooking" ability has really expanded. I have several recipes to pull from that are all one pot, one knife, and cooked over a fire/gas.
-Speaking of fire... I've cooked over fire, charcoal, and gas.
-I can light a gas stove, though I'm still afraid of it. -I'm outstanding at killing bugs, especially mosquitoes. In just a few hours my replacement will know they're going to Bambey and I'm sure I'll have a lot to write about her three day visit to Bambey over this weekend. I keep saying this, but keep watching for more blogs posted - maybe even a second today.