so, long story short, if you aren't on my e-mail list, this blog is going to be kind of lame.
since i've written - the last post was for the fete - fada has finally calmed down. thankfully. the last remnants of the ridiculous fete are the bizarre lion statues that are in the middle of the road and in front of the mairie. there might be pictures of vicky and i posing on one of them floating around somewhere. if so, i will definitely be keeping them secret.
work is going slowly but surely. i still have way too much free time on my hands (enough that i've decided to read ulysses). it's hard to think that i will most definitely be getting more out of this experience than my village will (especially since i think it would be better if they had an education volunteer at the lycee instead of a GEE volunteer) but i can only hope that i'll continue to use what i've learned here once i leave and, you know, go to grad school and get a real job and be a grown-up instead of bumming around africa hanging out at a nursery school, holding exam review sessions, and organizing theater activities with older women.
i went to mali with some other volunteers just after christmas and it was great to be able to expand my definition of west africa. from my limited perspective, it seemed like mali has a much better basic infrastructure and the tourism money (both from the tourists and the money the government put in to tourist areas) was evident. i haven't been to any of burkina's (few) tourist highlights yet - banfora or the game parks - but i am going to guess that they are going to be much less developed.
its hard to believe that i've been here for just over eight months and that i'll be going home for a visit in just under five. seriously, if you ever want to know just how much your parents love you, move to africa and see if they'll spring for a plane ticket home.
time is flying by and i bet before i know it it will be time to go home (or to france) for realsies.