Dear Mom and Dad,
Do you remember when I was little what a baby I was? I hated to share drinks because I didn’t like germs. I wouldn’t drink water out of the Dixie cups in the berry fields because I could see flecks of dirt in the water. I hated showers, but if I did take one it had to be so hot that I would feel sick afterwards because I would get so cold otherwise. Also, remember how I refused to eat rice because of that time I found a maggot? That former child of me would either toughen up or die here! The only time I eat on clean dishes is at the Peace Corps training center. Everyone else believes in a cold water rinse at best. Dirt is the least of my worries in the water, and I love showers so much that I take ice cold bucket baths…and I eat rice THREE TIMES A DAY! No maggots, but truck-fulls of rocks. If I did find a bug I would probably take it out and keep eating, though.
On the bright side, I’ve nearly finished two weeks of practicum teaching. One more week to go, then I find out where my site will be. I even go visit for a couple of days to nail down my school year schedule, then I come back to my host family for three to four more weeks of language training. I’m still hoping for the beach!
This weekend my training group (Michela, Karolina, April M., Valerie, and Andrew) and I are going to Andasibe. We will stay in the park in a tent Saturday night in hopes of spotting some lemurs. It promises to be a very cold adventure. Today in Ambatomanga, Peace Corps is teaching us how to kill a chicken, so we’ll probably bring the carcass and barbeque in the park. Do you think I could really kill a chicken? I guess we’ll find out. I’m so excited for our first real trip, though. I hope we see some lemurs, they can be pretty illusive.
How are things going at home? Are you getting excited about your cruise? If you can swing it, send me a pciture or two when you get back. Tell everyone “hi” for me. I love you, talk to you soon!