one month in.

My mother tells me that I need to post more.

She's probably right - but sometimes, it's still difficult to find the words to capture what it is like to live and work here. It's been just over a month since I arrived - some days it feels like I've been here forever, and some days it feels like I just stepped off the plane yesterday.

Here are a few of the things I've discovered over the last several weeks:

  • Bean sandwiches can actually be good. My sister (who traveled to Gabon with me last year) doesn't believe me - but I think it's all about where you get them. Never get them with mayo, though - since it's been sitting outside all day.
  • I no longer feel the need to shower the second I sweat even a little. Because otherwise, I would be showering all the time.
  • I can understand far more French than I would have thought I could, and I can sometimes even speak enough French get my point across to others. This is probably due more to their patience than any ability on my part.
  • It is actually possible to be cold when living on the equator. Honest.
  • The lack of personal space doesn't (usually) bother me much anymore. So when I come back to the U.S., if I'm standing too close while we're talking, don't take it personally, ok?
  • I can manage to swallow (and sometimes choke down) lots of foods that I really don't like. I still can not choke down fish.
Help me out with ideas of more things to write about - what do you want to know?


  1. Lol. Still can't handle the fish, huh? I decided to try friend fish filet one day cause the commercial actually made it look good. I could not even choke it down drenched in ketchup. YUCK!

    Tell us about the work you are doing? I know you are doing much much more than playing with kids. What work are you getting done and how will it be used in the long run?

  2. Lol...not "friend fish filet" but "FRIED fish filet".


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