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  • Alas, my dear friends, the time has come for me to bid you Adieu! (god bless you!) No, that wasn't a sneeze, that was French. (oh. sorry.) Anyway, it's true. The siren song of post-holiday clearances at JC Penny proved too hard to resist. The seat on Air France was beckoning, and who was I to refuse its call? I booked it, and now I'm bookin it. My last order of business in Ouaga...
    pgosselin8 Jan 5, 2006
  • July 28th marked my first year living in Burkina. I believe this milestone officially makes me an American African. I assume the identity with pride. I've had to sacrifice a lot to make it this far. One entire year without urinals (unless you count brick walls) without elevators or escalators, without tofu. Without my laptop or deodorant, and most painfully of all, without my hair...
    pgosselin8 Jul 30, 2005
  • All over the world, folks are marching down streets in spandex and feathers, waving rainbow banners and flags, making gratuitous public displays of same sex affection as they celebrate their Pride of being Gay. And Lesbian and Trans and Bi and Pan and Poly and A and Inter. Except here in the Faso. So I've been doing a little soul-searching, trying to sort through my feelings...
    pgosselin8 Jun 26, 2005
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  • ...mohawk, and it was good. Better than good, it was badasssss! Check out the before and after photoshoots: http://photos.yahoo.com/pgosselin8 (where you'll find a folder of simmering "Glamour shots" as well as some new photos from Guinea Worm) Then exercise your right...
    pgosselin8 Jun 5, 2005
  • The arrival of the first rains means it's springtime in Burkina, if you can call it that after the 115 degree heat that preceded it. Unfortunately, the humidity that comes with the otherwise cooling rains means that the sweat runs down in even bigger gobs. If I manage to dry off during the night, I'm up n soakin by 9am. The Burkinabe sauna has become the Burkinabe steamroom...
    pgosselin8 May 20, 2005
  • It's hot. Yaa tulgo. Yaa tulg wusgo! En tout cas, il fait chaud. Yup, it's a hot one. Damn, it's really hot. Thus has been the sum total of my verbal communication for the past month and a half, because really, actually, it's hot. And for some reason, we all feel the need, even the villagers, to point it out, multiple times to every person we see: It's hot. Amen to that! You be...
    pgosselin8 Apr 28, 2005
  • Lots has happened since my return from Senegal last month. First off was In-Service Training, which reunited our entire training group for 4 days in Ouaga. Then was the huge FESPACO film festival, which I'll talk more about next time. I came back to Ouaga this week for more training, and just 2 nights ago the latest group of stagiaires, 15 of them, 9 girls, 6 guys, coming to work...
    pgosselin8 Mar 18, 2005
  • ...will bring us closer together, even though we're separated by like way too many kilometers. Just go to http://photos.yahoo.com/pgosselin8 Maybe soon you can send me some of yourself, perhaps naughty? My love for you is like a thin flame burning beneath my skin, but...
    pgosselin8 Feb 14, 2005
  • Greetings from balmy... Dakar! Yes, for the past several days I've been rediscovering the wonder of civilization during a surprise trip to Senegal. I'd just gotten back to Zamsé on a Tuesday evening after a week of Bike-a-Thon. Thursday morning I got up, did some yoga, made some oatmeal, and sat procrastinating as usual before heading to the clinic when the white Peace Corps jeep...
    pgosselin@wesleyan.edu Feb 6, 2005
  • Ciao from Ouagadougou! I'm a little worse for wear after ringing in the New Year with a wild Cancun Spring Break 2005 Beach Party, minus the beach, but here I am once more, diligently filling you in on the word from the bush. I'm nearing the end of my first 3 months in village and the first 6 in Burkina. Seen the third world, lived in a hut, eaten the To, bleeted with the goats...
    pgosselin8 Jan 2, 2005