Peace Corps Blog

This is a blog of my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, working in South Africa. My job title is a capacity builder, which means I help increase the effectiveness of a local NGO that does AIDS/HIV related work.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Six Months

Just this week I realized that I have now been living in Africa for six months. It is amazing how quickly the time is going by here. First off, I figured it is a good excuse to post some long overdue photos:

There are photos from when I walked to a hill that overlooks my village and a few showing my room, which I recently reorganized in an attempt to make it more personal and homey. That meant better organizing my stuff (so that everything wasn't sitting in piles on the floor) and getting a map and tablecloth.

The other day I was reminded of a fun story, which I had forgotten about. On the way to our first in-service training, back in December, I stopped by the site of another volunteer for a day. His site happens to be walking distance from a small-scale game reserve, so he and I headed over to the fence in hopes of seeing giraffes. Walking along the fence, we found a semblance of a gate (more like a place where you could crawl under the fence). My friend has been told by locals in the village that you could enter the game reserve there, so headed in. Maybe not the safest idea, in case there was some huge predators, but we walked along the dirt road and ended up seeing a huge family of ostriches (a male and a female, and about eight or nine little babies). So we sat a safe distance away and just watched as the meandered along, taking no notice of us, and picking through the grass for food. There was something very special about getting to sit and watch that.



At January 30, 2008 1:15 AM , Blogger greenfamil said...

I loved seeing your last entry and hearing your adventure with your friend and the ostriches. Camille and I had a snow day so we have spent the time together. We miss your sweet self. Love, Aunt Connie

Dear Nathan I am so inspired by you. Work is overwhelming right now. I am currently trying to limit the number of promises I make or it is going to get very hard for me by the end of the year. We have month more until the Marathon. You would laugh but we got our dog Macy the cutest purple sweatshirt with studs. (there must be something illegal about the joy this brings us) She looked very cute when she ran with us this morning, and she was warm as she ran over the ice and snow. Something about the red soil in South Africa reminds me of places in New Mexico. I think Gorgia O'Keef would be inspired as am I.


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