Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Greetings from Guinea!

Myspace Mood: Excited

As my first official blog entry, I'd like to say hello from Guinea-Bissau! Apparently it's pronounced "be-sow", not "bih-saw" like I've been pronouncing it. We are settling in just fine - some things are as we expected and some things are going to take some getting used to.

Emily and I have been here for a little over 24 hours after a really long day of flying yesterday. We left Detroit Sunday morning and flew to New York for a 6 hour layover, then an 8 hour flight to Dakar, Senegal. We arrived in Africa at 5:55am local time (we're four hours ahead of Eastern here). It was still dark out, and it was already 81 and amazingly humid! We killed another six hours in the airport in Dakar (eating some very tasty rice cakes from our bags, haha) and then got on a smaller plane for the one hour flight to Bissau. We arrived after a bit of a bumpy flight and were glad to have no more flying for a while! The whole trip (despite being long) went extremely smoothly - no lost luggage, no hassle from customs (a few cassette tapes our teammate brought to the airport when they picked us up made things go smoothly, lol).

We got to our house after a short ride on roads similar to what you'd find in the Caribbean - lots of pedestrians and bicyclers darting in an out of traffic. The house is great, once we have a little more free time we'll get some pictures up. We ate dinner with our teammates and their kids.

We slept last night from 10 to 9 this morning, so I think we'll be through the jet lag by tomorrow. We had a few hours of Portuguese Creole lesson from our teammate this afternoon, after doing a little computer setup for me and English lesson planning for Em this morning. This afternoon we are taking our first trip to the market to change some money and pick up a few things. In a few days after we've had a little downtime we'll get a few pictures posted, they're always more fun than words, lol.

No good blog entry is complete without a funny story, so here's the one for today. Last night before we went to bed, I killed a cocroach in the bathroom by squishing it with a squegee (our bathroom has a shower that drops water into a hole in the bathroom floor, more on that next time, lol) and this morning, the cocroach was laying in the same spot, still squirming and trying to flip itself back over! Yucko! :)

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