Africa 3Deep

January 9, 2012

New website at http://www.Africa3Deep.com


Cross Cultural Exchange

November 30, 2010

Peace Corps Goal #2: To help promote a better understanding of America on the part of other people.
Peace Corps Goal #3: To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.

I taught my teachers the word “fart” today. Previously they used the term “make carbon.” They have now moved onto fart, which has led to such memorable lines as “The Form B’s are farting a lot and their whole classroom smells like one giant fart and it is now starting to make the Form C classroom also smell like a fart.” Consider yourselves better understood, America.

In exchange for this valuable piece of vocabulary, I was taught the Sesotho word for fart. It is penia. I’m not sure if that is spelled right, but it is pronounced like “Wily Mo Pena” (the Wily Mo part is silent). I hope you all learned something today.

Peace Corps goals #2 and #3? Check. And. Check


Change of Plans

September 10, 2010

I was planning on putting up a series about my travels from June and July, but things have changed and it doesn’t seem appropriate right now. I’ll do my best to get something on Mozambique up in the next few days. But now, just this.


Questions 5

July 10, 2010

What do you do during your down time

Right now, in the winter, I am gone from before sun up until after sun down so there isn’t much to do during the week. I get home, cook something, clean up some, maybe do some other random chores or little things around the house. Sometimes I read or do crosswords while it is still light out. Other times some kids will come and we might play cards or different dice games or maraba-raba (kind of a local combination of tic-tac-toe and some other game that I can’t decide on. Tough to explain)

Weekends I am usually pretty busy also. I always go to Sunday study which runs from about 9 until 11 or 12. Church follows it and I go once a month when my students are supposed to be leading mass, although recently not many have been showing so the quality of the singing has dropped and the drum doesn’t come out as much. Saturdays have been fairly busy lately as well. Lots of meetings or sports days or studying for exams, a funeral here or there, so not much free time.

I do have a lot of downtime when I am trapped in the office at school during my off periods. I do a lot of reading (I’ve gone through 30 something books by now) and have started to really concentrate on learning Sesotho, although both have taken a back seat recently with exams and all the work that goes into that.

When it was warmer and the days longer, I wandered around the village and the neighboring villages and mountains more often, but I’ll have to wait until spring to do more of that.

With the solar panel up, I now watch movies and TV shows or just play around on the computer in general for an hour or so every night.


E-mail

July 8, 2010

Good news everyone. I have bought a new phone that can read g-mail so I can now get all your e-mails at my house. Since I am reading them on my phone there are some rules. 1) No attachments. This means any thing with pictures or other documents attached I can not see unti I go to town. 2) No formatting. I can read maybe 100 words at a time and any kind of table or weird spacing gets all mixed up. So try to keep most emails as straight text. I will try to respond as they come in but typing on a phone is difficult so they will probably be short and longer replies will come when I go to town.


Questions Part 4

July 5, 2010

What do you do during your down time

Right now, in the winter, I am gone from before sun up until after sun down so there isn’t much to do during the week. I get home, cook something, clean up some, maybe do some other random chores or little things around the house. Sometimes I read or do crosswords while it is still light out. Other times some kids will come and we might play cards or different dice games or maraba-raba (kind of a local combination of tic-tac-toe and some other game that I can’t decide on. Tough to explain)

Weekends I am usually pretty busy also. I always go to Sunday study which runs from about 9 until 11 or 12. Church follows it and I go once a month when my students are supposed to be leading mass, although recently not many have been showing so the quality of the singing has dropped and the drum doesn’t come out as much. Saturdays have been fairly busy lately as well. Lots of meetings or sports days or studying for exams, a funeral here or there, so not much free time.

I do have a lot of downtime when I am trapped in the office at school during my off periods. I do a lot of reading (I’ve gone through 30 something books by now) and have started to really concentrate on learning Sesotho, although both have taken a back seat recently with exams and all the work that goes into that.

When it was warmer and the days longer, I wandered around the village and the neighboring villages and mountains more often, but I’ll have to wait until spring to do more of that.

With the solar panel up, I now watch movies and TV shows or just play around on the computer in general for an hour or so every night.


Questions Part 3

July 1, 2010

What is your favorite and least favorite part of every day?
The least favorite part of the day is easy. Right now it is winter and it is cold. Getting out of my warm bed and walking to school is less than fun. It is even worse since my destination is actually colder than the walk. Once the sun is out I walk around outside the classrooms to get the feeling back in my fingers.
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