Sunday, November 16, 2008
Hello from Lesotho!
I'm in Lesotho! We got here early yesterday morning and the weather has been beautiful! When we got to the airport a few of us were missing some luggage. After talking with some people mine turned up without anything missing, but other people had a ton of stuff stolen from their bags. They handled it really well.
Right now, I'm at the Peace Corps Headquarters. It's so nice! We have a guard on duty 24/7...just in case, a staff of people that are working on showing us around and teaching us the language. The next 8 weeks are full of 12 hour days where we'll have language classes and all kinds of other classes to help us learn about the country. The food they are cooking for us is great, we're eating a lot of chicken and fresh vegetables. They are mixing in some Basotho (People of Lesotho) food, which isn't bad. The food, people, and landscape really reminds me of Tanzania. I keep catching myself greeting people in Swahili instead of Sesotho.
I am pretty sure today is our first and only "free day." Sunday's are typically our day off, but I think after this week we will have cleaning, studying, and other small projects to work on. A lot of us are taking time to write letters and just relax today, which is sooo nice! Earlier today, we walked around the city and checked out some of the local shops. I was really surprised to walk into the local grocery story and see 15 isles of stuff. It was comparable to any nice grocery store in the states! It made me feel so much better to know that I could get anything I could possibly need in the city. I met a volunteer that has been here for a year. She lives about 3 hours away and comes to the city at least once a month.
I will be staying here for about 8 weeks before I am place in my permanent village. Until then, I should be able to get online 2 or 3 times a week! I am working on getting a cell phone! I'll post the number soon!