I realized this past week that it has been awhile since I updated my blog (7 weeks to be specific). I guess I haven’t really felt like writing because not much is going on and the heat makes me not want to do anything.
To start off with the Jamaican weather has been hot and AC does not exist in the office or my home. I was so happy the day I got a fan for my room, which is always a few degrees hotter than anywhere else in the house because of its design. I like the days when it rains because then it is cooler and somewhat manageable.
Work is going slowly…and by slowly I mean that nothing is happening most days. The other day while I sat on my computer working on a Peace Corps project, my co-workers took a nap. Jamaican schools let out for the summer last week, so there is really nothing to have to worry about, except for the occasional 4-H or Peace Corps meeting. My supervisor, Mr. Anderson, wants me to work on a brochure explaining organic farming. I could easily get it done in two days, but figure I should take my time. I am going to help a local PCV develop a nature trail for a hotel in the area. And I may spend the summer visiting some of the other PCVs assigned with 4-H to get ideas on projects. I may also spend some time with PCVs assigned to groups that are doing food processing projects, since Mr. Anderson seems to be serious about this agro-processing project…though he hasn’t gotten me any of the information yet.
I still like my host family. The granddaughter, Carla, finished her internship last week so she is now home. She is exactly like my sister, Erika; same age and same personalities. For those of y’all who don’t know my sister, Erika (and similarly Carla) has a very outgoing personality and knows/gets to know everyone in an area. The other evening, Carla, Carlos and I had a singing/dance-off among the three of us; I should stress that I cannot and do not enjoy dancing.
Community integration is going well. Most of the older people in Drapers talk to me. My host mother’s school children (3 to 5 year olds) like to hang out and help me with chores (not surprisingly the chores usually take twice as long, but I don’t mind the company).
For those of you interested in sending me care packages, I’m going to post a list of things I would like to receive or that I need.