Monday, August 16, 2010
Letter from Stevie! Postmarked 7.26.10
Letter from Stevie! Postmarked 7.26.10
Editor: Monica Lucero
(editor’s note: I hope I got the African words right Stevie!! Love your style, we don’t measure our years like this often enough- what an awesome year you’ve had! Xo!)
“How do you measure, measure a year.”
(It’s amazing how often RENT gets stuck in my head…could be all the talk of AZT, ARVs, or all the candle lighting)
Well first let me apologize! I have majorly been slacking! I mean December? Merry Christmas? 6 months since my last entry? PATHETIC! I’ll try and stay more on top of it but to be honest no promises…
A couple of big things have happened in the past 6 months so lets do a quick review
- brought in the New Year in Malaui- fabulous
- enjoyed mango season- already miss it!
- Got some weird sand worms from Malawi- no further details needed
- It rained- a lot!
- went to Zanzibar with a big group of volunteers to go to an African Music fest and sit on the beach- the trip was amazing! Good music good food, good people, and THE OCEAN! Longest I have ever (and hopefully will ever) be away from the ocean.
- Still more rain
- Lots of school fun
- helped train the new group of volunteers that flew-in-newbies!
- Went back to Iwaka at the end of the month for a conference and ended up singing with a live band at a bar- a little Lauryn Hill
- had a huge Easter extravaganza with some volunteers stationed in other provinces. They all made the treck to NW and we made tons of food all weekend- Easter brunch= bloody mary’s, challan bread French toast, and bagels from scratch
- went to a few rehearsals with the guys I met at the bar and performed at this swanky Italian restaurant for an event the Italian Embassy was hosting- random!
- Had to say goodbye to a lot of volunteers that made up a large part of my life here- but finished their service- miss them tons!
- Mufumbue had elections for a new Parliament member. Things got a bit violent and we stayed far away!
- Had my mid-term conference- only one year left!
- Stayed in Iwaka for some medical fun- I’m ok!
- Had provencial then country wide meetings
And here we are in June! So now you are caught up on the highlights but there is one thing I want to go back and discuss before I move on. It’s kind of a big one…
April 25th 2010 was my one year anniversary of being an actual Peace Corps Volunteer. It means I am over half way done with my time in Zambia!
And with that comes all kinds of mixed emotions. I asked myself how do you measure a year?
One Year in Zambia equals…
- books read- 45 (Editor: WOW!)
- Schools visited- 7
- Nursery schools opened- 2
- Countries visited- 3
- Painfully long staff meetings- 49
- Hours spent hitching- well over 500
- Times I’ve seen apples for sale in Mufumbue- 3
- Provinces in Zambia seen- 6
- Zambian water falls visited- 3
- Kids in my yard daily- 8-13 (editor: “noodles” ☺ )
- Tables my host father has fit into my hut- 7
- Bafwas I have had built- 4
- Kitenge items I have sewn- 31… Christmas stockings, postcards, clutch, guitar strap, bags, earrings, 1/3 of a quilt
- Phone cases I have made and lost- 3
- This American lifes I have listened to – 62+
- Hours waiting for a ride at Kasempa turn off- 27
- Elephants I’ve seen- 4
- Bridges I have jumped off- 1
- Times I have performed in Lusaka- 3
- Pillows I had to destroy because of mold- 2
- Bags of charcoal- 4
- Times I took the bus instead of hitching- I still ask why I did that to myself- 7
- Pairs of reefs I wore to the ground- 3
- Engagements of weddings of close friends and family- 15- seriously guys!
- Volunteers that have visited my house- 11
- Other volunteers sites I’ve seen- 16
- Coloring books my kids have finished- 4
- Days I wanted to leave Zambia- 0 (moments? Yes, but entire days? Never)
How do you measure a year?
Seeing how I just finished reading High Fidelity here are some of my top 5’s…
Top 5 Zampop artists (enjoy the names)
- Dalisoul (youtube it! You know you want to!)
Top 5 artists I only love b/c
- Lady of Zambia Gaga
- Rhiana (well that’s not new, bit the conviction is)
- All Zampop
Top 5 artists I have rediscovered and constantly have on:
- Bill Withers
- Michael Jackson
- Sara Berallis
- Amas Lee
- Sam Cook
Top 5 Zamlish Phrases
- sorry sorry (pardon me/sorry!/oops)
- I am used (I have adjusted)
- Ka-small (very small ka in front of any thing to make it small)
- You are creating (you are lying)
- At reast! (at least…)
Top 5 words in any of the Zambian languages
- mwane- used for everything
- bufi- bemba- lies!
- Twakosa- kaonde- we are strong
- Kafwako- kaonde- nothing
- Chambwende- luvalle- perfect/exactly
Top 5 vices I kind of liked in America that I can’t live without here
- Coca cola
- Crisps or potato chips
- Chips or fries
- Milk chocolate
Well I’ll stop there for now but I love and miss you all!