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 I'm sitting in the internet cafe, once again, but this time with AIR CONDITIONING. It's amazing. Ahhhhhh. It's blowing right on me. They just turned it on, around 1:00. It had really been heating up in here to, with all the bodies.((Or people, some might say.))Anyways,​ once again, a ton to say, but words are getting in the way. I'm sitting in the internet cafe, once again, but this time with AIR CONDITIONING. It's amazing. Ahhhhhh. It's blowing right on me. They just turned it on, around 1:00. It had really been heating up in here to, with all the bodies.((Or people, some might say.))Anyways,​ once again, a ton to say, but words are getting in the way.
  
-==== Teaching ====+===== Teaching ​=====
  
  
 Things really are winding up, we leave for site on Tuesday. But to begin a bit further back, I'm sure some of you are a bit curious about how teaching went.((You know, it's just my main job here.)) The teaching was anticlimactic. After teaching those little demons((Whom I loved immensely.)) in Houston, this seems like a breeze. The students are all super respectful, they listen and participate. They do have trouble with math((Nothing to do with my teaching skills, I'm sure.)), as reported by everybody. I mean that in a fairly literal sense, everybody I talk to has something to say about how Basotho aren't good at math. I'm sure that doesn'​t lead to any mental blocks or anything. Gotta love cultural hangups.((Ahm,​ US.)) They scored about a 60% average (offically, 40% is passing.)) On -what I thought- was an extremely simple test. Of course, the english doesn'​t help. Their offical federal tests are adapted from the cambridge exams, and it has some pretty complex english, so that's also a large hurdle. By law, all classes from primary onwards are in english, but not all follow the law, so there'​s a wide variation in english ability.I was just teaching two 40-minute classes a day, with language in the afternoon, so the two weeks passed quickly. On the last day (last Thursday) we had a closing ceremony, in which the students sang - amazingly well - and we Americans sang - amazing poorly. It's kind of shocking how well these kids, and really most Basotho sing, naturally harmonizing and on key. It makes morning assembly, with the songs and the day brighting over the spectacular landscape, something worth watching. I'll video it one of these days.  Things really are winding up, we leave for site on Tuesday. But to begin a bit further back, I'm sure some of you are a bit curious about how teaching went.((You know, it's just my main job here.)) The teaching was anticlimactic. After teaching those little demons((Whom I loved immensely.)) in Houston, this seems like a breeze. The students are all super respectful, they listen and participate. They do have trouble with math((Nothing to do with my teaching skills, I'm sure.)), as reported by everybody. I mean that in a fairly literal sense, everybody I talk to has something to say about how Basotho aren't good at math. I'm sure that doesn'​t lead to any mental blocks or anything. Gotta love cultural hangups.((Ahm,​ US.)) They scored about a 60% average (offically, 40% is passing.)) On -what I thought- was an extremely simple test. Of course, the english doesn'​t help. Their offical federal tests are adapted from the cambridge exams, and it has some pretty complex english, so that's also a large hurdle. By law, all classes from primary onwards are in english, but not all follow the law, so there'​s a wide variation in english ability.I was just teaching two 40-minute classes a day, with language in the afternoon, so the two weeks passed quickly. On the last day (last Thursday) we had a closing ceremony, in which the students sang - amazingly well - and we Americans sang - amazing poorly. It's kind of shocking how well these kids, and really most Basotho sing, naturally harmonizing and on key. It makes morning assembly, with the songs and the day brighting over the spectacular landscape, something worth watching. I'll video it one of these days. 
  
-==== Tseshlayayane ====+===== Tseshlayayane ​=====
  
  
 We had a little field trip to this national park, where we got to eat MEAT((Really hard for us to get meat here, with what the lack of refridgeration and all.)), and hike around a bit. I'll label it in the pictures. The best part was the natural rock pool that had formed. Once I found that, I was in heaven. Others went hiking, I swam.((I did hike a little, but only to get sweaty so I could enjoy the pool more.)) It was absolutely deliciously refreshingly cold. We had a little field trip to this national park, where we got to eat MEAT((Really hard for us to get meat here, with what the lack of refridgeration and all.)), and hike around a bit. I'll label it in the pictures. The best part was the natural rock pool that had formed. Once I found that, I was in heaven. Others went hiking, I swam.((I did hike a little, but only to get sweaty so I could enjoy the pool more.)) It was absolutely deliciously refreshingly cold.
  
-==== Slot Canyon Spa ====+===== Slot Canyon Spa =====
  
 A little closer to home, Kyle and Chelsea found a little natural bathtub-sized rock hole, where a mini-waterfall splashed in. Nothing on the scale of TS, but nice to go to on a hot day and soak ones feet. I also had an amazing run here yesterday evening, with the sunset on one side, and a storm on the other. It was sprinkling, not enough to bother me, indeed barely enough to be seen, if not for the sunset illuminating it from the other side of the canyon, making the rain look like liquid gold falling from the sky. A breathtakingly beautiful sight.((If only I had a waterproof camera I could take with me on my runs to show you, hint hint.)) A little closer to home, Kyle and Chelsea found a little natural bathtub-sized rock hole, where a mini-waterfall splashed in. Nothing on the scale of TS, but nice to go to on a hot day and soak ones feet. I also had an amazing run here yesterday evening, with the sunset on one side, and a storm on the other. It was sprinkling, not enough to bother me, indeed barely enough to be seen, if not for the sunset illuminating it from the other side of the canyon, making the rain look like liquid gold falling from the sky. A breathtakingly beautiful sight.((If only I had a waterproof camera I could take with me on my runs to show you, hint hint.))
  
  
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 Not bad for no oven, electricity,​ or refrigeration,​ eh?((Ah, the humble-brag. Or maybe just brag.)) Not bad for no oven, electricity,​ or refrigeration,​ eh?((Ah, the humble-brag. Or maybe just brag.))
  
-==== Other ====+===== Other =====
  
  
 We've been preparing for the LPI - Language Proficiency Interview((The Peace corps loves their acronyms.)),​ which is the last step before swearing in. Oh! That reminds me. Let me tell you about this morning. We've been preparing for the LPI - Language Proficiency Interview((The Peace corps loves their acronyms.)),​ which is the last step before swearing in. Oh! That reminds me. Let me tell you about this morning.
  
-==== Adventures of the Morning of the 13th of December ====+===== Adventures of the Morning of the 13th of December ​=====
  
 I woke up to a single fly buzzing around, not really enough to bother me, but enough to make it tricky to go back to sleep, around 6. I layed in bed for a bit, reading. Eventually, I flopped out, and ground some coffee to make myself a fresh cup. Delicous. Did some dishes, which were sitting in some pretty grungy water from a few days ago.((Also, some weird egg mixture that I'd forgotten about. Cleaned up a bit in general.((I'​m trying - though not very hard, yet - to not leave the place an absolute disaster.)) Julie showed up for carpool, we start walking up the hill to language class. A couple of guys are plowing off to the right, and they call out to me to 'Make a maize!'​ I've just had coffee - I'm up for anything - I put my bag down and jump right to it. And you know what? Plowing by hand is really @#$!1!@# difficult. I mean, I couldn'​t do anything. The cows just kept on pulling, not even noticing me, as the plow went in and out of the dirt, carving the squiggliest line you can imagine. I sorely need to practice. A few minutes was enough to convince me (and them) of my complete and total incompetence,​ and I moved on. The rest of the walk to school continued uneventfully. I woke up to a single fly buzzing around, not really enough to bother me, but enough to make it tricky to go back to sleep, around 6. I layed in bed for a bit, reading. Eventually, I flopped out, and ground some coffee to make myself a fresh cup. Delicous. Did some dishes, which were sitting in some pretty grungy water from a few days ago.((Also, some weird egg mixture that I'd forgotten about. Cleaned up a bit in general.((I'​m trying - though not very hard, yet - to not leave the place an absolute disaster.)) Julie showed up for carpool, we start walking up the hill to language class. A couple of guys are plowing off to the right, and they call out to me to 'Make a maize!'​ I've just had coffee - I'm up for anything - I put my bag down and jump right to it. And you know what? Plowing by hand is really @#$!1!@# difficult. I mean, I couldn'​t do anything. The cows just kept on pulling, not even noticing me, as the plow went in and out of the dirt, carving the squiggliest line you can imagine. I sorely need to practice. A few minutes was enough to convince me (and them) of my complete and total incompetence,​ and I moved on. The rest of the walk to school continued uneventfully.
  
-Upon arriving to school, Kyle and I remembered we had a pullup contest scheduled, so we took a 40 liter container (about ​10 gallons), jammed it into a big backpack and started filling it with water. We wanted to see who could do 1 pullup with the most weight. It's not like this was on any fancy bar, this is just a crossbeam in front of the school. Pretty rough on the jam.((Hands. Sorry, jam conversation going on.)) We proceed, while continuously being fussed at to go to language class - but this is important. It took us a few iterations, but I won!((I putting maximum effort into really important things.)) I managed to lift about 30 liters ​66 lbs. Not bad.  +Upon arriving to school, Kyle and I remembered we had a pullup contest scheduled, so we took a 40 liter container (about ), jammed it into a big backpack and started filling it with water. We wanted to see who could do 1 pullup with the most weight. It's not like this was on any fancy bar, this is just a crossbeam in front of the school. Pretty rough on the jam.((Hands. Sorry, jam conversation going on.)) We proceed, while continuously being fussed at to go to language class - but this is important. It took us a few iterations, but I won!((I putting maximum effort into really important things.)) I managed to lift about  - . Not bad. 
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-After finally finishing, my Language instructor needed me to break into the classroom. It had been inadvertently locked. There'​s a window open about 6 feet off the ground, so I just hop up and in. It still won't open from the inside, however at this point she informs me she actually /does/ have the key, but she was told it needed to be  +
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-opened from the inside.((Cue eye-roll and exasperated sigh.)) So she tosses me the keys, and I unlock it - it still  +
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-doesn'​t open. The handle doesn'​t turn the latch. I pull harder, and harder, and the handle breaks off in my hand.  +
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-Oops. I say it won't open, and I jump back out the window. My hand is bleeding pretty badly. Luckily they had just +
  
-boiled some water, so I sterilized it and put on a bandaid that someone fortunately had. We had a lovely language+After finally finishing, my Language instructor needed me to break into the classroom. It had been inadvertently locked. There'​s a window open about  off the ground, so I just hop up and in. It still won't open from the inside, however at this point she informs me she actually /does/ have the key, but she was told it needed to be opened from the inside.((Cue eye-roll and exasperated sigh.)) So she tosses me the keys, and I unlock it - it still doesn'​t open. The handle doesn'​t turn the latch. I pull harder, and harder, and the handle breaks off in my hand. Oops. I say it won't open, and I jump back out the window. My hand is bleeding pretty badly. Luckily they had just boiled some water, so I sterilized it and put on a bandaid that someone fortunately had. We had a lovely language
 class outside under a tree, a beautiful sunny day with a scattering of clouds. About halfway through class, I realized that I'd forgotten a book full of things to blog about, so I ran back to my hut (about a mile), got it, ran back, and just missed the taxi. I took advantage, found some shade, and lied down to read. Several groups of my peers passed me on the way to the bus stop, I was reluctant to move. Eventually a taxi came, and I hopped in (inadvertently kicking a guy out of the front seat in the process). Unfortunately for the others, the bus was full by the time it got to the actual stop. Ah well.  class outside under a tree, a beautiful sunny day with a scattering of clouds. About halfway through class, I realized that I'd forgotten a book full of things to blog about, so I ran back to my hut (about a mile), got it, ran back, and just missed the taxi. I took advantage, found some shade, and lied down to read. Several groups of my peers passed me on the way to the bus stop, I was reluctant to move. Eventually a taxi came, and I hopped in (inadvertently kicking a guy out of the front seat in the process). Unfortunately for the others, the bus was full by the time it got to the actual stop. Ah well. 
  
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   * Do not anger Ambassador   * Do not anger Ambassador
   * Make clay throwing wheel   * Make clay throwing wheel
-  * Drain the national supply of PB (Well on my way, I bought ​6.6lbs ​this weekend - stocking up for site, where they don't sell my preferred brand.) ​+  * Drain the national supply of PB (Well on my way, I bought ​ this weekend - stocking up for site, where they don't sell my preferred brand.) ​
   * Create a dent in the wall at hub from frustration at stupid sessions - accomplished   * Create a dent in the wall at hub from frustration at stupid sessions - accomplished
  
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