It's been awhile since I've written a blog entry. You know, the year before I came to Suriname, during the application process (ugh!), I read a ton of Peace Corps blogs, and I remember thinking that I'm going to be a huge blogger and keep my blog really up-to-date and interesting. Wow, that's been anything but the truth. So, sorry. I've been bad at this. I would say I'm going to get better, but Peace Corps is all about getting to know yourself (unofficially at least), and so I know that's just not true. I'm not going to get better at it. I'm going to continue to very occasionally put up very little information, and more importantly information that most likely no one cares about. Wooo! Go blogs! I think my personality just is the anti-blogger. I've never been one to put my personal life online. If you actually know me in real life, I'm an open book. But online, nope. Anyway, great beginning to a blog. Ramble ramble.
So, let's get to it. I'm really liking being at site. I'm kind of wanting to just spend a ton of time there, and not have to come into the city, and I'm frustrated because I need to come into the city a fair amount for the next few months. But, it is easy to say I want to be at site when I'm in the city surrounded by friends and chaos. When I'm completely insanely bored and hot at site, I'll probably be singing a different tune. Site has been fun lately though. I'm getting to know my villagers a lot better, and getting a lot more comfortable. I've also been learning to play the guitar, which has been super fun. It's the perfect Peace Corps thing, because I have this ridiculous amount of free time to just play around. I'm really bad at it, but it's fun.
This last month I started my math club!!! Right now I've been tutoring 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders math on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Eventually, I'd like to tutor the 4th through 6th graders also, but right now they have art lessons on the days I could do it. I think it's better to take it a little at a time, anyway. I also started computer lessons with my counterpart. There's a few other projects I have floating around in my head, but we'll see about those.
My mom's visit was super fun. It was good (and bad) to be able to take a step back and see this experience a bit through fresh eyes. My week in Tobago was so great. It was nice just to have a really relaxed, solid amount of time with my Mom.
The next big thing coming up is the SUR17s arrival. I, as well as many other volunteers, are very excited about their arrival. It's in about a month. It will be interesting to see how far we've come this last year, and to just get some new volunteers! Their arrival, however, also means that the SUR15s will be leaving soon. I am extremely sad about this. I have met some really incredible people in the SUR15s and it's going to be very weird and lonely without them here.