In My Township

After Johannesburg, me and Allison spent the week at my site going to school. I went about my usual duties and I think she just tried to take it all in.

It was nice to have a visitor that I could show around for a few days. I think she got a pretty good taste of what it was like to be a Peace Corps Volunteer at my site. And it will be nice to have some back-up when I try to convince people at home that bucket baths aren’t a big deal, eating with your hands is awesome, and you don’t need running water 24 hours a day.

Everyone at my school went crazy over her, which I suppose is what happens when you’re awesome. She took to basic siSwati much faster than I did, and generally just went with the flow. They were very sad to see her go, and I keep getting asked when she’ll be coming back.

Unfortunately, we only had a week and were not able to do much. Some of my favorite things here, like going to church or seeing the sun come up over the mountains just didn’t fit into our schedule. Still, we managed quite a bit. There was epic sunburn, township dining, beer-hunting, giant bugs and amphibians, wild children, meals with my host mom, time with friends, shopping trips, chicken dust, and many queries about how one can acquire a white woman of their own (I wish I was joking) and why I was so nice in class this week.

Unfortunately, we were too busy living life to take a lot of photos. So you’re going to have to settle for a few photos of my township and school. I don’t think I’ve posted many photos of where I live and work yet, and Allison takes better photographs anyway.

My township:

And my school:

That’s all I have. The week was totally awesome, it’s a shame that this is all I have to show for it. I guess I’d have a pretty mad girlfriend on my hands if I had photos like “Here’s Allison looking totally confused at the shopping complex,” so maybe this is for the best.