Saturday, December 09, 2006

One Last Hurray!

We spent the last few days at Grieter's Conference Center (again- yeah!) for our mid-service conference for Education volunteers.  We had a blast!  It was defiantly the best Peace Corps conference I've ever been to- few sessions and plenty of down time.  We had fund swimming, playing cards and just hanging out. 

We came up with quite a few pool games including chicken......pool jousting (holding your hand straight in front of you and try to knock your opponent off as they pass by)And a "swim the line" session that only Peace Corps Volunteers could appreciate
We exploded some coke using mentos...Jay and I even ran an official session at the pool! I think this is the first ever pool session in Peace Corps history!
Carl took the photos...We played some Peace Corps twister- using random items instead of colorsAnd had an AMAZING brii with the workers at the center on the last night
We also found (and killed) a huge scorpian.\

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

World HIV/AIDS Day

I took these pictures last week and just got them off the camera.  Thought you might enjoy seeing what an HIV/AIDS parade looks like in Africa...

A dude on stilts.  Have to say I can't even remember the last time I saw this in the States!Here comes the band!  It looked like the police marching band, but I couldn't be sure
This is my favorite part.  A huge semi followed the band down the street- on it's side were tapped HIV/AIDS posters.  Ghetto!A fire truck with a banner securely fastened with celo-tape.

World HIV/AIDS day was last Friday (December 1st) and is celebrated around the world to increase awareness and inform people about support.  As prevalent as AIDS is here in Namibia, this amounts to a public holiday.  There were bands in the parks and early store hours.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Quick Update

What a week!  After returning from Keets last week I spent most of my time relaxing while getting the last bits of work done before I leave for the States.

Silas, Amy, Dan, Juli, Angela, Elizabeth, Irene and myself just before leaving for the music awards.

The highlight was attending Namibia's music awards.  I got a free ticket because I created a video promo for an HIV/AIDS awareness CD that 14 Namibian artists contributed to.  Unfortunately, the promo was never played due to the extreme lack of organization and time.  It would have been pretty cool to see something I made on national television though...

The music awards were quite the fiasco.  As I don't really care to go into detail let this summary suffice: started late, audience was riotously loud, award presenters were confused and uncoordinated, music was great, Gazza and The Dogg fans fought each other (two escorted out bleeding), finished after midnight.

This week I'm wrapping up some things at the school.  Wednesday all the education volunteers (at least the ones who haven't left for the States yet) will go to Grieter's conference center (again) for a mid-service conference.  Should be fun.

Then, Saturday at 845 I leave for the States.  Whoopeee!!!  I'll probably post once more before then, then it will be all quiet on the blog until I return on the 3rd of January.