Friday, February 10, 2012
Why hello dear friends and family of mine. It’s been a while since I’ve updated here- so I just wanted to let you all know I’m alive and well. The last few months have gone by quickly and have been pretty busy! December was a quick month since I went on vacation to visit my fabulous dad and step-mom for the Christmas holiday. Being in a Muslim country there is NO Christmas spirit and I was a bit overwhelmed at the Frankfurt airport with all the lights and trees (alright, I admit it- I almost cried) and then getting to be in a warm house, with a tree, my Italian pets, a super amazing, warm, soft bed and Christmas cookies was amazing. After a fabulous week and a half of luxury I went to visit some friends in Spain. I knew I wanted to go when I heard my old college roomie Colby and his girlfriend Tara would be visiting but decided it would be fun to make it a surprise. So I filled my friend Karin in on my travel plans and surprised both Colby and Logan in Barcelona. Another volunteer friend of mine, Jackie, decided she wanted to spend the New Year with us and we had a blast in Barcelona. The trip was WAY too short but it was so fun to be around friends from home.
In the last few months I’ve just been working with an association in another village trying to finalize a grant for a grain storage renovation. We finally got the money and all the supplies have been purchased but it’s been too cold and windy to work. They keep telling me it will only take a month once they start building but it still makes me nervous since my time here is running out. So keep your fingers crossed that it warms up soon and we can get started on that!
I also got terribly sick last month- thank you parasite that I’ve been living with for the last year but decided to act up now. After almost 9 days of being locked in my house (aka mud prison), sending multiple children to buy me medicine, amazing taxi drivers dropping off medicine from the big city and awesome site mates I’m finally better and have been out and about in the village. It’s so funny how word spreads in the community- everyone knew I was sick and was worried about me. I’m so lucky to have such awesome people around me. Everyone wanted to help the foreigner who lives alone- Jamilas family brought me fresh baked bread every day, Nzhas family brought me fruit and veggies and everyone sent their god phrases my way.
I’ve also FINALLY got Lily spayed, vaccinated and purchased her crate for our trip home. The whole spaying experience was a bit traumatizing, since I ended up having to leave her for about a week and a half to ensure she was ok after the surgery and the stiches could be taken out. But she’s once again home and back to her happy self. Since she’s spayed we’ve also been on a few walks and the kids are so happy to see her again (She wasn’t allowed outside until she got spayed because of all the stray dogs outside.) It’s amazing how the little children aren’t afraid of her, will go up and hug her, let her lick them and the parents won’t go near her because they are too scared.
I was a bit in a ‘want to go home-funk’ after my Italy/Spain vacation- ready to go home and tired of dealing with the everyday stresses that our lives here entail. But I’ve recently realized I have less than 3 months left and I’m really going to miss these people. So now I’m just trying to enjoy every day with these amazing people and beautiful place that I am lucky enough to call home.