Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Hey just so you all know I got to Guyana today. I am so tired, we haven't slept for about 36 hours..Not a big deal. We got here from a red eye flight from NYC this morning around 7. Getting off the plane was interesting, there is this tiny airport with this HUGE plane parked in front. It was like stepping into a greenhouse. No mountains but so so green, I love the palm trees and we were received with a huge Peace Corps sign. I am re-thinking my packing situation, so heavy. The staff from Guyana gave us all coconuts (they didn't look like coconuts, they were green) but they had a straw in them. It was coconut water, not very sweet at all, but I was sweating so bad that it was refreshing. They took us to our hotel here in Georgetown and we were on little mini buses that only had windows that were down. It was interesting driving through these little villages and seeing the houses that some people actually live in. But then there will be a pepto pink house and minty green one..Awesome colors...One thing that was surprising is that they drive on the wrong, or different, side of the road here. So I sure did get a weird look when I was trying to get in the "drivers" side of the car.. Everyone drives crazy, super fast and so close to random people walking on the side of the road. When people see us they just wave, i'm not sure if it's cause we are white or just nice looking people:) I have my guesses. Everyone is super friendly and have that jamaican accent. We haven't done anything besides get shots and listen to what we are going to do. I don't have any too crazy of stories yet, it rains so hard here though. We were in a room doing our pre-training orientation and I thought the AC was just getting louder but soon realized that it was the rain outside. But super pretty flowers and palm trees everywhere. We have a guyanese dessert tonight...JELLO and ice cream.. It was so good. There was watermelon pieces in the JELLO and the ice cream was super creamy but didn't taste like regular..But lots of rice, chicken, fish:), and the same vegetable salad every night. I have to go make sure the bed bugs are swiped off my sheets in this hotel that we are staying at. It's a new experience and the adventure hasn't even started yet. My group that I am doing training with has about 33 people. Everyone gets along because we are all in the same situation so that is nice. The closest one to Idaho is colorado though, so I have to represent alone. Whatever, I can do it! I have been the most homesick today but being so tired does not help at all. I miss all of you and want to thank you for your support. It is going to be a crazy week but good temperatures, you all have fun in the snow:) ha ha jk. I will try and post some pics ASAP. Wrte me back and let me know what is happening in your neck of the woods.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Going to Guyana
Well after a long 15 months the time has actually come. I am flying to Philly (the city of brotherly love) for orientation on Sunday Feb. 22 and then on Tuesday Feb. 24 early morning I head out of JFK airport to Georgetown Guyana to start my world changing. I am going to try and keep this blog updated with all my pictures and hopefully funny stories. AND amazing stories. I am feeling excited, obviously nervous too, but mostly excited. I am packing things and getting my chacos worn in this week. Everyone has been so supportive and it's helped so much. Oh and if you don't know why I'm going to Guyana, I was accepted into the Peace Corps. and no I will not be on the front line with my 22 ( so they use way more powerful guns but I don't know the names and I don't want to look like a Moron) pumped and ready to fire. I will be teaching young mothers the importance of breastfeeding and why people should NOT have "sexual relations" with others that have AIDS. Maybe even why Q-tips are such a wonderful invention. Who knows but I will keep everyone updated. Love ya