© 2011 Daniel 006


Dear friends…

Summer is nearly over and I am sad to see it go. I might visit the beach one last time next weekend for a tan and a swim, and then it’ll be time to begin bunkering down against the cold season. Good-bye, cargo shorts; Hello chinos, jeans, and scarves.

The past couple months have been highly productive. Besides my English program’s successes, my work with the municipal administration has started a project to furnish the village wedding hall. It’s used for weddings and cultural events, but could be utilized more comfortably and more often if it had air conditioning, heating, and seating. The proposal is still underway, but completion is only about half a year away if we’re lucky and secure funding quickly.

I hope for the project to be a success. I’ve seen the children perform cultural shows there before, but the school year runs right through winter when the hall is unusably cold. There’s a magnificent view out of the rear window. As far as infrastructure projects go, working on this hall is exactly what I had in mind when I looked for something the community could sustainably use for years to come. Maybe I’ll even use it eventually for some of my own projects.

As for personal life, a few new health issues have arisen lately. I’ll put up an update once I know more about the situation, but it’s unclear even to me right now what’s going on. I’m thankful for the level of care the Peace Corps provides, though; Medical insurance is a wonderful thing, even if having to use it is not so much. I’ll probably take a vacation during the autumn or the winter when there’s less work to do, so don’t feel too bad for me. Before you know it, I’ll have pictures of myself drinking sangria and eating tapas in Barcelona.

Sorry for the short update, but I’ve been short on energy. Bayram, the village holiday, and the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival are all coming next month, so I promise to make the next update a good one. I wasn’t at site last year for Bayram due to a Peace Corps conference, but I’ll be here this year to see the sacrificing of the goat.



  1. Ev
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 12:14 am | #

    i always enjoy your updates wan-dan.

    post some photos of your students next time?
    praying for your health -mental&physical.
    smile, it will make you stronger :)

  2. hc
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm | #

    May God continue to use you to His glory!

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