Happy July 4th Day!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that my 4th of July down here has been totally lame - on the 2nd the US Ambassador invited all the Peace Corps volunteers to his mansion to chill and swim in his pool, and today we all got to hang out at the Peace Corps Country Director's house in Georgetown. This was all cool but even with the hotdogs and hamburgers and brownies we're being showered with it doesn't quite feel like the 4th, so enjoy your explosions and picnics if you've got them.
I know that I can't get away with not telling you guys how Uitvlugt is, so here goes: Uitvlugt is about as cool as you could expect any funny sounding 8-lettered Dutch-named Guyana locale to be. Uitvlugt is about a half hour west of Georgetown, and it's not exactly a metropolis, but there's more there than I expected. I stayed with a volunteer named Eric, and he's just finishing up his two years and is about to head home. It was a great week just because it felt good to have some independence. On my first night there, we had some other volunteers from the area over and we made some pizza. Meeting some volunteers that are actually in service and not just training like me was good because it gave me a look at what it's really like being in the Peace Corps down here.
Most of the week was laid back because Eric's job was teaching, and school pretty much got out the week before I came. This was bad because I didn't get to see much actual work but good because I really just felt like relaxing anyways. Eric's house had an excellent veranda with a hammock that I got kinda attached to. I said goodbye to Eric at the party today because I probably won't see him again. Take it easy if you ever read this Eric, and thanks for letting me chill at your place.
This week we're back to training as usual. It's a little different and exciting though because I should know where they're going to put me in-country by the end of the week. I'm really excited to find out where I'm going.
Looking back at my previous posts, I realize that I've talked alot about what's been going on in Guyana but I haven't said much about Guyana itself. Since I could talk about pretty much anything though, I'll let you guys narrow it down for me by asking about what you want to know. My next post will be a 'choose your own adventure' post in which I'll answer questions that you guys ask me by commenting on this one. So comment and ask questions about Guyana, and I'll get back to you.