A month of . . . uh . . . chillin'?
What I'm really looking forward to though is simply having my own space. Even though my host families have been cool enough, I have to say that living out of a suitcase for 3 months now has lost it's romantic appeal. So yeah I'm stoked to move, and actually move IN this time. That moving action should happen in two more weeks. First though, I'm actually going to have to do some real work (Hey, I thought this was the Peace Corps), because school starts tomorrow. I've been asked to be there by 8:00, and uh . . . that's all. Oh baby.
I kinda get the impression that the kids all just run amok the first week or so, because when I asked if I should prepare a lesson plan or something (for whatever science or math class it is that I'm teaching) they just told me not to worry, 'the students don't pay attention very well until they get schedules', and that doesn't happen until the second week of school. Yippie. I guess I'll be uh . . . observing the uh . . . education process this week to get myself familiarized and then I'll be given classes starting sometime later.
Aside from doing nothing to prepare for school and not moving yet, what have I been doing you ask? Well, I really do read and sit in a hammock a lot. Sometimes though, when the mosquitos are bad, I sit under my mosquito net and read there instead. Yeah, life is hard alright. It really is good to be starting school tomorrow, because I'm not sure what I'd be doing if it didn't.
Here's a capsule list of my precious few accomplishments since becoming a volunteer:
1. I bought a bike.This was actually a big one for me because even when I move, I'll still be a few miles from my school so a bike is kinda critical. I wanted to find one that would actually maybe last two years though, so I had to make an effort to avoid the standard bikes for sale all along the coast, which from their weight and feel seem to be made of some sort of pig iron/lead composite alloy. Cutting edge. Literally, ha ha. I didn't like those pants anyways. So after quite a bit of shopping I found one dude that was selling a couple bikes with aluminum frames. I asked him if he knew what kind of aluminum it was made of. Turns out it's the 'metal' kind. That's a relief. I ended up getting one of them.
I've only had my bike for a week though, so I still need to explore most of the dirt roads in the area. I'd like to find a road that goes into the jungle because getting attacked by a leopard sounds like fun. I'll keep you guys posted on this one.
2. I've chilled with my host family.I've been doing a lot more with my current host family than I did with the last one. My first homestay family wasn't even around very much, because the father worked evenings and the mom had classes most weeknights. This one has a lot more time to hang out though, so we've been doing that. I've been following them around when they go out, and they've introduced me to a bunch of people around the coast. They like to play Scrabble too, so I'll be coming back to chill with them sometime when I move out.
3. Ha ha. You think I've been busy enough to do three things? Consider this: I've been reading so much, that when another volunteer friend finished a Star Trek novel that he was working on, I snatched it up immediately. Yes, I've now read a Star Trek novel, and I've only been doing this for a month. It doesn't get much worse than that, no sir. Here's to school starting tomorrow. (cheers)