Thursday, November 22, 2007
I´m pretty excited and here are a few photos of the region.
I´m spending thanksgiving at the CHP which is our language and tech school. I´m spending it with my other fellow trainees, so I won´t be ALL alone this holiday. We are having rotissere chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit salad, green beans, and I HEAR someone found cranberries. Not QUITE what I´m used to (no casserole, pumkin, or croatian potato salad) but I think I´ll make due! haha!
Don´t forget, the BIG 3-0h is coming up in a few days! I will have successfully made it through 3 months in Paraguay and turned 30. That´s right. 30. Everyone else here is turning 23-24. Yep. 30. So this year for 30, my body has given me giardia, more grey hairs and a werid bump on my neck. I´m also going to bed at 9 pm and not drinking anymore. Man, I´m an old woman.
Well - off to get fatter than usual! Happy Holiday!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
For a Glimpse of the future I wanted to know
With high hopes in my head and a rumble in my gut
We drove over 5 hours stopping only for peanut (butter)
I arrived at my new lodging with purpose and steady course
When a man worthy of Joan Wilder galloped up on his horse
I started to sweat, my stomach flipped, and I got weak in the knees
The opposite direction I ran, for I now had the chivivis*
All morning I labored with my host mom and daughter
I did the best I could do, for I felt like bantha fodder
We toured a well managed farm and ate pure sugar cane
Along with a 100 year old house from whence Paraguayans came
My family slaughtered a pig, I ate his head - what a scene!
Not to mention the time I fell into their latrine!
Finally we gave a charla, and it became a big joke
Afterwards with food and drink, a fire we did poke
For one week I worked and spoke in complete Guarani
And in less than 1 month a true volunteer I will be.
*chivivi is the word for explosive diarreah in Guarani
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Well, I was all excited to get custom clothes made for me, when after checking back again and again at the modista (seamstress), she finally told me in a round about way that they weren't done and I should come back later. Yikes. Guess I'll have to try a different approach....
So next week is my Longfield Practice, which is a week in the campo (country) speaking and working at an existing volunteer's site. I'm pretty excited cause right after I get back, I find out my site assignment.
After my return I have a whirlwind of stuff going on in training. I've got multiple presentations to give (in Guarani) and all kinds of preparation and last minute training to cram in. I'm swamped. No more beautiful waterfalls for me. Boo.
Other than that, I am on my way to try out a 'real' pizza place i've heard about. Supposedly it has french fries too. I don't think you know how much you really miss any of these things when you can't get them. They have pizza here, but it's usually a premade crust, stewed tomato and onions, and slices of ham and cheese. Not to mention no such thing as french fries.
It's the little things, people. The little things. Wish me luck. I hope i don't end up ordering the pizza with the pig cheek on it. I'm not kidding on this one. I've seen it, smelt it, and ate it.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Salto Cristal Falls
It took us 30 min just to get there, because we had to CLIMB DOWN A ROCK WALL 100 FT. I'm not kidding. After the decent, we trekked up a fast moving river just to get to the falls. It was nuts. I was not a happy Cassie. UNTIL I beheld this sight. We jumped in and jumped off those rocks right next to the waterfall. It was amazing. I never really felt like I was in a totally different country until I started swimming in this lagoon at the base of a waterfall. It was nuts.
The ascent was not nuts. In fact, I did not like climbing up to get out after I had spent most of my energy getting down and swimming around a lagoon. Today, I am crazy sore, but glad I was able to go.
Next week, I will be finding out where my 2 year site will be. I'm really nervous. And a little scared.
Thanks to everyone who has been writing me. I will write a blog about intitial thoughts and realities like Caffx mentioned next week. I've been writing about in my journal so I'll bring it and take notes this week.
Until next time....