have come no where near Sal, not that I really expected them too (but I did receive some leaves from both my mom and Elissa, which are proudly displayed on my wall at home).
Things are going well, and time passes so fast! I can’t believe it’s already November! Firstoff, HURRAY FOR OBAMA!!! I didn’t get a chance to watch the election results live because 1) I don’t have a TV and 2) the time difference was too much to handle, but I did wake up and hear on BBC about the news! It was exciting being here in Cape Verde during the election because there was SO MUCH hype here about it too! My students all asked me who I was voting for and everyone celebrated when Obama won. People joked around a lot about being related to Obama, and now having an ‘in’ at the white house. Seriously though, many Cape Verdeans were happy and impressed that Americans would vote a black man into the white house. He sent a strong message of CHANGE (mudanca) to them, even if they don’t read all of his policies and plans.
Right after the elections, my Country Director came and visited Jacky and I. He encouraged me to move into the Environmental Field more, instead of sticking to the social promotions department that I am currently ‘working’ in. I met one guy who works for the Ministry of Agriculture and he showed me some drip irrigation initiatives here. It got me pretty excited about working with that, or on sustainable tourism policies. Hopefully all of this will pan out into something. Meanwhile, I am still teaching away, and I cooked a mean coconut curry fish dish the yesterday!
One last note: I struggled with whether it was a good idea to head back to the U.S.A. so early in service, and I thought a lot about the pros and cons of such a trip. In the end, my love for snow, my dad’s 60th birthday, and general Tai-family reunion convinced me to head back to the mitten state (plus last year being in tropical Thailand over Christmas was one of the most depressing moments of my life). SO, I am currently looking into tickets and I am planning on flying home for a week and a half at the end of December/beginning of January!
Hope everyone is planning a super Thanksgiving Day extravaganza (we’re going to get busy teaching Cape Verdeans how to celebrate it here)!!!
Peace and Love, Leah