Welcome (back) to my blog! I'm back in the Peace Corps, this time in Senegal as an "Agroforestry change agent."


Literally “by God,” this snippet of the Bohemian Rhapsody is used to say “welcome” in Senegal. So, bismillah to my blog – or back to my blog, perhaps.

I'm using the same mailing list as I did for my Burkina Faso blog. As explained there, my service in Burkina was cut short after a motorcycle accident. That ended up breaking my leg in a way that did some permanent nerve damage. It took about a year before I was walking again, but once I got to the point where I could go on reasonably long hikes again, I knew I wanted to re-apply to the Peace Corps.

This time I applied to be an “Agroforestry Change Agent.” I'm looking forward to learning about the environment, forests, and ecosystems generally. I do think that global warming is one of the biggest challenges we face; perhaps I'll be lucky enough to do something about it with sustainable re-forestation. We'll see!

Blog Notifications

I'm sending out notifications when I make a post both via an e-mail system, and Facebook. See the links for this on the main page. If you were subscribed for Burkina Faso, you're on the list; feel free to remove yourself if you don't want notifications. I think my posting frequency will be lower this time around, by the way… In Burkina it was all brand new, so I had a lot to write about. I suspect things will be slower for me this time around.

Some pictures of the training site

Here are some quick pictures of the training site. I've been here a week now. Overall, Senegal is easier than Burkina Faso, in that there are more creature comforts. We have some air conditioned rooms to use, and the classrooms are air conditioned, too! We even have a computer room to use.

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I don't have any deep thoughts to share or anything. I'm still a little jet-lagged, to be honest. But anyway, welcome back to the blog, and please drop me a line!