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Useful Acronyms

PC Peace Corps
ICT Information & Communications Technology
PCT Peace Corps Trainee (pre-swearing-in)
PCV Peace Corps Volunteer (post-swearing-in)
PST Pre-Service Training
CBT Community-Based Training

Miscellany, continued

There is a cow outside in the road with opinions that it wants to share. Since it’s midafternoon and not late night or early morning, when dogs and roosters tend to share opinions, I’m inclined to be pretty receptive.

Not too much of note has happened lately. The Mikumi National Park trip was last weekend; lots of driving with 33 people in a minibus with approximately 28 seats, lots of hanging out (I stayed up until midnight, three hours past my bedtime!), an unexciting evening safari (crowded minibus: not the optimal venue) and a morning safari that I intentionally slept through. I had gotten very little sleep the previous two nights, so I decided it was best. When my family visits this summer I’ll make them come on a foot safari with me, which I’ve decided is probably the best way for me to feel an actual connection to the park, rather than feeling that I might just as well be watching the animals on television.

Swahili continues. We switched teachers after the Mikumi trip, midway through our training here. We have two weeks of Swahili left, a week of shadowing a current PCV at their site, a couple days in Dar, swearing in, and then we go to site on Thanksgiving! It’s coming right up!

Coming up even sooner (maybe) is my father’s visit! He’s in Uganda for work and will hopefully be able to visit while he’s in the area. I really hope he makes it–it would be great to see him!

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