Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dude, PC rocks

Hey everyone! Hope all of you are once again able to button the top of your trousers after the glutony we call Turkey Day. Cass and I are doing well (despite the fact that both of us our feeling fairly sh##ty healthwise), and excited to be back to site after our week long trip to the beach for reconnect. There are no long term ramifications of this trip as compared to our last excursion on the beach in Costa Rica just over two years ago, however it was an adventure to be back with the close friends we made during training. In the midst of this adventure an underground newsletter was created, albeit only with pirate voices (seemed appropriate on the beach), a few chilly chuelas were captured as a result, only to have some sailors lose them to seasickness (over-indulgance), and Cass and I managed to speak with each other for a total of 30 minutes during the week. Okay, that was an over exxageration, but we spend every hour together here in site pretty much, so when we got together with our friends Cass was lounging by the pool with the girls, and I was off to the beach with the boys. Somewhere in the midst of all that we actually had Peace Corps meetings with the superiors out of Lima; only to wake them up in the middle of the night with naked blow-up dolls in front of their doors--they are really uptight. :)

Now, we are back in sight and getting into the work routine now that the 3 months of hand tied observing are over (unfortunately I misplaced my hand tie over my eyes and happened to observe nothing, but I will figure it out) and slowly plotting out what people want us to do, and out of that what we want to do. I´m out to recover our laundry from the rain (we are the opposite of the Beverly Hillbilies here), and off to the gym. Hope the Christmas shopping season treats all of you well, and know one kills a fellow parent over a toy; in your lives, and in the broader spectrum.

Peace and Love!

Monday, November 26, 2007

We´re still here

Even though we haven´t updated for a while, we are still here and doing well. We have spent our first three months at site getting to know our community and there is still so much more to learn. Our little town is beautiful and we are glad to be here, we went to Trujillo this last week for PC meetings and are happy to be back to the calm and quiet.

What are we doing here? you may want to know. Right now we are researching the possibility of renovating a home to make it into a children´s home of some sort, but we are still just looking at the opportunities and necesities. The local municipality is interested, but we have to write a formal work plan before anything can move forward.

Will post again, sooner or later.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Finally Here!

What started in April of ´06 has finally come to fruition; Cass and I are officially Peace Corps volunteers. We were two of 31 new volunteers, the other 29 are some of the greatest people I have ever met. The eleven weeks we spent together was an experience to enrich a lifetime; not to forget the amazing facilitators of Spanish and youth development, they are truly wonderful at their jobs.
Settling into to our new home here in Perú is similar to moving in the States; currently occupying one room (which we are not going to live in) while we are painting and furnishing another, still living out of our suitcases. However, we have no complaints, our family is bien amable, and we have already finished painting our room; cream and blue. We are so Peruvian! Yesterday, I completely lived up to the stereotype that Americans cannot do anything with their own hands; I ¨helped¨my host dad install electricity in our our room. After several hours of his booming voice yelling words at me in Spanish, that I don´t understand in English, i.e. current tester, all I could do was laugh; hell, everyone else was. The final product, one outlet. I am now a better person, for having endured that. I am certain it was the first in a long line of stories similar to this, to come.
So, we are here, we are happy, and we are same. Hope all is the same for all of you. Well, if you got nothing else, at least you got the here part.

We will try and post some pictures on our next blog, we are still figuring this guy out.

Peace and Love!