Big Up from Aribinda

Saturday, August 4, 2007


We just got done with our third French interrogation, where they interview you, en Français, to assess your progress and give you a level. I currently sit in the middle of the totem pole, right where I think I should be. I am at intermediate mid, needing to be at intermediate high to go to site after swear-in. I am close. The last three weeks have been difficult. I spent a lot of the month sick and just being tired. My appetite was next to nothing, then with my malady, I couldn't keep anything in my body. It's funny, when you go somewhere marginalized with a bunch of well-to-do Americans, you can talk about bowel movements and not bat an eye! Quite frankly, we almost don't find those kinds of things funny anymore!

But yeah, got three weeks of stage left, one more interrogation to go. Now that I am well, I plan on studying more to bolster my French and get to that level. We'll see what happens! And after stage, I get to go to my site and then the real adventure begins. I will be a PCV, not just a PCT. I am super excited, this is so crazy. I don't know if I have every said anything in my blog about it, but everyday, I am sitting there, and there comes a moment. I look around and realize again what I am doing, where I am at, and who is right next to me. I realize how cool this is. How many people get to do this? The Peace Corps is so cool. Yeah, training is hard, but come on, this is what it's all about.

Much love goes out to everyone in Oregon and elsewhere, especially the family. I hope you guys had fun on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. I missed out, I know, but I know you guys represented for me. Pops, let's do that Middle Fork of the Salmon in July or August 2010. Wisdoms, we gotta do that river!


Iraqi Mojo said...

Glad you're doing better, mon ami.

b said...

Great work on the interrgation! I'm happy to hear that you are feeling increasingly healthy and confident.

I'm also happy to hear you mention those daily moments in which you fully realize where you are and what you are doing. It must hit you in pretty powerful ways. Amazing.

t-mos said...

Right on man, very happy to hear your feeling better. Best of luck with the last interrogation!

Stay well!

Robin said...

You go, Mac! Your family is very glad to read your blog and emails. Thank you, son. You are on quite an adventure. So glad you are digging it. We love you so much. It is so awesome, what you're doing.

Staci said...

Hi Mac, glad to hear you are feeling better and that things are progressing nicely.

Congrats on turning 30!! It's amazing how time goes by so quickly.

J, Aim, Jeff Wilkerson and I are planning a camping trip to Lake Cushman at the end of August. I don't know if you've ever been there but I hear it's beautiful.

You are in my thoughts.


Robin said...

Oh, yea, Mac, we forgot to say Happy 30th. We celebrated your birthday on the wild and scenic Rogue with a toast to you!

Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

did you kids receive the care package we sent for the birthday party? We would feel a lot better if we could remain in contact with some of the stage after you go to site.

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