September 23, 2011

New Pics

 Me and some village Tanties

When words don't work


There’s no sound more glorious
than the first DROP,
when the stars hide
and skies shower prayers back,
answering the outstretched
who wait barefoot,
because it’s been long enough to
let go.


This is a poem I wrote a while ago, but I feel like it's more true to my experience than anything I could write now. My words just don't work like they should when I try to convey life here. I know it's difficult for you all to understand what I'm doing here, but my hands are tongue-tied whenever I try to get it down. It's too vast, too raw, too everything. I promise I'll keep trying. 
Miss you guys.

September 22, 2011

Questions from the 3rd grade…

My really awesome friend Heather who always sends me the best letters recently sent me these inquiries from her 3rd grade class last year... sorry it took so long to get them up!

1. Does Burkina Faso have national symbols and an anthem like the US?
I admit… I had to google it, though I was pretty sure they did.
The national symbol is their coat of arms, which, today, looks like:

Coat of arms of Burkina Faso.svg

September 13, 2011

In other news

In other news...

I miss my sister. She was actually not that bad to have around J I’m sorry America sucks sometimes. Come back to visit me!

Kate and me in village

Bad planning + bad luck = poor me!

So here’s what happened:
  •  Spent almost all my money on vacation (and got quite a bit of it stolen as well)
  • Got back to village, lived on the equivalent of 15 dollars for 2 weeks and waited to get paid
  • Called PC to make sure I’d be able to get money (without checks)  in the big village north of me… they said sure thing
  •  Knocked my phone into a bucket of water and, of course, had no money to fix it or get a new one
  •  Went to the big village north of me to get money after the beginning of the month. After half an hour walk to the post, 3 hours sitting and trying not to get frustrated, and lots of paperwork, I was told it would take 3 more days.  (And I couldn’t call PC to help figure things out, because I didn’t have a phone.) Walked half an hour back to the bus.
  • Missed calling my Dad for his birthday L