Archive for September, 2004

toubab tonite

Posted by clare on September 29th, 2004

We’re just about to hit the two-weeks-in-Africa point, and already it might as well be two months going by how much I’ve experienced and how distant America feels… Being in Africa is what I imagine being part of a huge family must be like—at it’s worst, loud and smelly with never a moment of privacy. […]


Posted by clare on September 25th, 2004

Oh, and thank you thank you thank you to Suzanne for the letter, my mom for the card, and Maryann for the very first of what will one day be a gi-normous postcard collection adorning the walls of my hut. And thanks to George for an awesome, unexpected sendoff from Burning Man (fair warning: it’s […]

Clare, trainee

Posted by clare on September 25th, 2004

Dear Shiny Happy (Clean) People – I’ve found a cybercafe with USB ports and will do my best to upload photos, if Gallery and the connection speed decide to cooperate. Yesterday we met our host families, who we’ll be staying with for the next seven weeks. I now have a mother (Amy), father, aunt (?), […]

demystified and more

Posted by clare on September 23rd, 2004

I’m currently writing from a cybercafe in Kaolack, Senegal, a stopping point on the way back from five days of a “demystification” site visit—we’re sent out in ones or twos to spend five days and four nights (really three days since a day is spent in each direction navigating public transport—sept-places, which are station wagons […]

(here) it goes, cont'd

Posted by clare on September 13th, 2004

I fly out of Baton Rouge in about two and a half hours, headed to Africa by way of a few days in Philadelphia. I’m finally packed, completely sleep-deprived, and I most definitely feel sick to my stomach with anxiety and excitement.

"I was goin' more for a batsh*t crazy thing."

Posted by clare on September 11th, 2004

The second—and last—installment of the washer/dryer saga: After informing Julie and Ethan via note-taped-to-door and yet another voicemail that Maryann and I were going to sell the w/d if we didn’t hear from them within 24 hours, this is the response we received in our inboxes the next day: Hi Clare, I understand that you […]

packing list up

Posted by clare on September 11th, 2004

I posted my packing list as of… 55 hours to go. Man, it looks like a lot of stuff when it’s all laid out like that. Any suggestions? Mockery? Doubts about my ability to carry it all? My backpack was 51 1/2 pounds last time I tried stuffing everything in… Totally reasonable for two years, […]

anyone want a washer/dryer?

Posted by clare on September 6th, 2004

Ok, so Maryann and I bought a used washer/dryer set from a realtor when we moved into the Duval house last August. They work perfectly fine, washing and drying clothing of all sorts with ease—the washer occasionally leaks a bit, but run it a cycle and it’s fine. Besides, they were $60 each. They paid […]

senegal contact info

Posted by clare on September 6th, 2004

I added a page to the Peace Corps section of my site with my contact info for the first two months. I think it would be kinda cool if y’all would send me (family-friendly) postcards from wherever you are in the U.S.—I think my host family would enjoy seeing, uh, well, ugly American landmarks? At […]

eight days to go: fishfry and more locusts

Posted by clare on September 5th, 2004

My parents’ friends—mostly members of their Mardi Gras Krewe—had a fishfry at our house tonight, partly as a going-away party and partly just as an excuse to get together, drink beer, and eat good food. It was lots of fun, though exhausting to keep smiling and pretending that I know how I’m feeling, beyond “nervous” […]