Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hey Everyone!

Hey Everyone!

I don't have much to share (not that there's nothing to share but that I don't have much time to write it out...) But I thought you would appreciate knowing that I have uploaded some more pictures from October and also a few more video clips.

The pictures give a good look into parts of celebrating Koriteh, the end of Ramadan, and also some more shots of daily life in village and a few shots from Kombo (the capital area). And hopefully the new video clips will help offer a bit more into understanding life in Gambia.

I am doing very, very well! And I'm also looking forward to a trip I'm taking to Guinea in November, and then of course my trip back to the States in December!

The rainy season is almost finished, so now it's time to head back out to the fields for harvesting. First we will bring in the corn, then the coos, then the rice, and then finally the ground nuts. It was a great rainy season, so hopefully the harvest will prove strong as well.

"Projects" have kind of come to a standstill currently, as most everyone has been focused on their farms. But this time of year has also provided a fantastic opportunitity to just hang out with people and get a much better understanding of lives of Gambians. When it comes to cultural understanding, there is always so very much to learn.

For example, did you know that dragons still exist in West Africa?

Did you know that hippos are actually demons who come up out of the river to cause destruction?

And did you know that my community has apparently been discussing how I should stay on after Peace Corps to serve as the school head master?

I didn't. But I do now.

I hope all is well with you on the other side of the big pond!