Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Around the world and back again

Well, here I am, back in Kedougou, Senegal. The new stage is installing today, tomorrow, and the next day--they arrived day before yesterday, and yesterday, we took them shopping for all kinds of exciting things like door curtains, floor mats, and all kinds of plastic buckets and basins.

I can't tell you how the wells are going (or not) because I've been away for about a month. I went to Kaolack for the Ag Summit, then to Dakar, then to New York, California, and back to Dakar. I didn't post this on the blog or facebook for a few reasons: (a) I didn't have time to see everyone (b) I was trying to surprise a particular person, who was very surprised (c) I didn't want to be inundated with a to-do list of people-to-call while I was in the states and (d) I was just plain busy. But I am sorry that I didn't get to see everyone--honestly, I am.

I got to see a lot of great people, though. Got to see Heidi and Kyle get married. Got to see my best friends from high school, many of my best friends from college, my mom, my best friend from middle school, and lots of family. In short, I got a really brilliant reminder of all the ways in which I am in love with the people in my life, and that is why it is a good thing that I am back here. Doesn't follow? Yes, it does, because if I hadn't come back when I did, I think I would've lost my nerve and not torn myself away.

Things I learned:
(1) I like the city (also, The City) much more than I had thought, and would even live there one day
(2) It is surprisingly easy to switch between cultures, at least heading back to the original one. It is not as difficult as I'd expected to come back to Senegal, so far, either. Which isn't to say it's easy, but that's the risk I took
(3) It is possible, contrary to my former belief, for me to love rain even more than I did before leaving the US.
(4) I miss home.
(5) I may be becoming a similar kind of cynical to the dear, COS-ed JB. But we hope not.
(6) I missed bean sandwiches.
(7) Humid heat is really less fun than dry heat.

Anyhow, I'm back, and going up to village for a couple weeks tomorrow. Then I'll come back down, go visit a couple of the new stage with Frank or Kate, then go out to Frank's village to do a world map. When I come back, one of my friends Emily (who is a PCV) will come visit.

Not a lot of news, but at least it's an update.

1 comment:

Boydo said...

Safe, sound. Success!