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I’m Home!

I’m Home!

The juice of a most delectable mango is running down my chin as I try to type. I think I may be in heaven, actually. Most every night Nuni delivers to me a cold mango brought from the patio refrigerator just for this moment. She comes to the back door, we’re both in our nightgowns by this time and she grins, hands it to me with a smile. We admire it, yellow-orange with blushing pink-red down one side.  We giggle, I say “Me Encanta!” y “Muchisimas Gracias,” then we kiss both cheeks,  wish each other a goodnight’s sleep and off ... Read More »

Radio Guaira AM 840 – November 3 –

Radio Guaira AM 840 – November 3 –

RADIO GUAIRA AM 840—Ayer me entrevistaron, junto con otras dos voluntarias de Cuerpo de Paz en un programa en Radio Guaira AM 840! Tuve la maravillosa oportunidad de decir algo acerca de Yataity y decirles acerca de nuestra hermosa, guapa artesanas. Estoy haciendo los arreglos para entrevistas de radio con respecto a la próxima Expoferia-Yataity Ao Po’i, que se celebrará en los días previos a la feria. ————– Yesterday I was interviewed, along with two other Peace Corps volunteers on a talk show on Radio Guaira AM 840! I had the wonderful opportunity to say a little about Yataity, and ... Read More »

Beautiful People

Beautiful People

To me, the words “Beautiful People” have always meant the famous, tanned and fancy folk. However, I’ve learned a new meaning for the phrase.  I spent four days with a family that was truly, truly beautiful in so many ways it would be hard to list them.  Here’s how my experience went. All of us in training were put in groups of four to travel to the site of current, working volunteers, Nalena and Jon. (See my last post for more information on this great couple).  They were our assigned volunteers who hosted us in the lovely town of Villarrica, for ... Read More »

Villarrica

Villarrica

Here's a photo of our group attending the Long Field Practice in Villarrica with our host volunteers, Nalena and Jon. The four day field trip and workshop helped us trainees to integrate what we've learned - the language, technical and cultural adaptation experiences -- while experiencing the typical day-to-day life of a PC volunteer. Read More »

Braindance

Yesterday, all of us from Itá went on an outing to a small community, Eusabio Ayala, to visit a volunteer and his youth group.  They’ve banded together with a mission to handle the trash situation in their community.  Throughout Paraguay, there are groups forming to address the various ways to deal with trash.  Much of the time, trash is burned.  However, recycling efforts are taking hold and there is success.  The streets and park of  were notably well kept. I want to tell you more of the details of their community efforts, for they are amazing and have given us ... Read More »

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

Hi Everyone!  I just spent the weekend with friends and family in the  as we celebrated many special events.  Everything wonderful was going on all at once (as it usually does when I’m around my son-in-law  family and extended family) and kept us all smiling!  Celebrations were as follows:  My son David’s 26th birthday, the birthday of a good friend, Stephanie (age not mentioned to protect the innocent) the debut of my boston terrier, , into freedom (he learned how it feels to be off leash for hours on end, splashing in the ocean and roaming around wherever he pleased) ... Read More »

Cross-Country Jaunt

Cross-Country Jaunt

I thought that driving a big ol’ truck cross-country was adventurous enough, but the added mini-adventures slipped their way in and made it even more fun.  Bess and I laughed at most of the craziness but we got a little wide-eyed at times. It started at the very beginning when the loading guys didn’t show up Monday morning.  There we were with our 20 ft long – “Lightnin’ Bug” – that required a hoist to get me behind the wheel and, dang it, no one to load it.  Bess and I were all geared up for helping in our tennies, ... Read More »

Finally…

Finally, I have medical clearance from the Peace Corps.  This means I’m truly going!  Before receiving this great news, I had been tiptoeing around, announcing my acceptance quietly, silently planning my packing list, ordering supplies, all the time wondering if this is for real.  Now, I know it is.  I’m embracing that fact and walking with a confident stride into the Walmart to purchase my gear, plopping down each item in front of the cashier and announcing with a big voice, You know, I need all this stuff for Paraguay.  Going there with the Peace Corps.  Yep. I’ve gotten to ... Read More »

ad·ven·ture

/ædˈvɛntʃər/  [ad-ven-cher] noun, verb, ad·ven·tured, ad·ven·tur·ing.

noun

1.  an exciting or very unusual experience.
2.  participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
 

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