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Sunday, April 13, 2008

[ey-ey mukwaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiii]

Greetings all, from Zambia! I'm in Lusaka right now and don't have much time on the ridiculously slow and somewhat expensive Internets, but I thought I'd drop a line. I am having a ball and miss everyone a lot! So a little about what I'm doing ... I'm studying iciBemba (look it up!) and will be the BOMA (look it up!) volunteer for Serenje district in Central province. Right now I'm looking forward to finishing up with training and swearing in on April 25th so we can get this party started.

As for Zambia in general, it's insanely gorgeous and the people are absurdly kind. I attribute the latter to the fact that aside from a brief and minor struggle for independence in the 60s, most of the population has never seen war. Either way, they are warm and open-hearted in general, and I feel so completely at ease here that I can't imagine life without this experience now. As for the landscape, it's like living in a dream. The friends that I've made here and I agree that the sky is bigger here, and that the pictures we've taken simply don't do the land justice. I don't even think with all the vocabulary in the world I could describe it's richness appropriately, but suffice to say that I am going to be living in an area with so many hills that I call them mountains.

On top of all of this, I feel more like myself here than I have in at least a year. I have made a ton of new friends but I still miss the old and think about all of you often. I am more sure about myself and my goals than ever, but even more than that I am sure of how blessed I am and have been, and how lucky I am to have all of the friends I do. I miss you all daily and you are in my thoughts! When you think of me, don't worry - imagine me having a brilliant time and all smiles, and you'll be spot on.

If you know me well, please e-mail me or message me on Myspace when you can; also, please write if you feel up to it! I have a new address I can give to you if you contact me.

Oh, yeah, and I dropped my iPod down the pit latrine. Those of you who know me well should be laughing hysterically at this point.

[Goofball Central has set up shop in Serenje, Zambia]

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