Portugal and Lisbon! Got to spend the first week of January with my wonderful family, cooking and eating together and sightseeing around two awesome cities.
It’s pineapple season! Large pineapples for equivalent of 50 cents USD, smaller ones down to 15 cents.
The greeting I received when I returned to my site from vacation was so enthusiastic, and made me feel excited to get back into a routine in my village.
Planning lots of good things for the next few months! Coming up soon: Women’s day celebrations, Malaria day events, girls leadership camp, and hopefully some traveling in the region as well.
Started running again. Not super easy after 10 months off, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it again soon. I didn’t run at site when I arrived because I thought it would be too strange for people to see me do- no one exercises by choice here. I anticipated endless teasing and refrains of “what are you running from?” but the reaction was better than I anticipated, mostly people just ask me “you doing sports?” There’s about a half hour window between when it starts to get light out until it gets too hot to move, so I take advantage of that and wake up at 4:45 on alternate days.
January low points
Left my family for another 8 months or so (until mom and dad come visit me here!) Not happy to leave them, needless to say.
Something small and invisible is biting the hell out of me and doesn’t care how much insect repellent I wear. I haven’t not been itchy since I got back here two weeks ago.
Rainy season still hasn’t started in full force, but my trip into town- 38km for which my PR is 1:45- now takes me at least 2:10 due to mud and puddles and a wider river for the canoe to cross during my shortcut.
Also due to rain and intense heat: my sweat never dries and my clothes grow mildew practically overnight