Saturday, October 1, 2011

One week in and still going strong

Salut tout le monde!  We've been in FG for about a week now, and it's still really really hot.  Definitely getting more used to it, but still- really really hot.  We thought you might like to see some pictures of what we've been seeing every day, so here ya go!

During our stay in Cayenne, we have been living at la maison de l'education.  This is the view from on of the windows in our room.  It's really great that they've been housing us for free, but the place itself is kind of far from the center of town, the kitchen is rather basic (read: none of the appliances, the stove, oven, microwave, absolutely nothing works), and our room is kind of dark (again, read: our one light doesn't work)

Here's a view from the front of the building we're staying in with the other assistants


Really beautiful beach is about a five minute walk from the house. Feels like bathwater!

Don't know if you can see it or not, but there's a really tiny, almost see-through, creepy looking crab in this photo.

Place des Palmistes

So as I mentioned, it's really really hot.  Luckily, we do have air condition in our room at la maison de l'education.  It has been so hot though, that we have been keeping our air conditioning between 26 and 28 degrees celsius.  I'll wait for those of you who are mathematically inclined to do the conversion to fahrenheit youselves....(or you could keep reading)

Yeah.  So our air conditioning stays within a few degrees of 80.  All the time.  And it feels like heaven on Earth it's so much colder than outside.  We actually have woken up shivering because 80 has started feeling cold.

Speaking of planes...

We will hopefully be traveling to Maripasoula (our placement for the 7 months) sometime in the near future.   Actually, we thought we were supposed to be there today, because today is when our contract officially starts.  However, the plane tickets are reserved a few days in advance, so we can't just go to the airport the day of and buy our tickets.  Also, our director doesn't want to send us until he's secured us a place to stay, at least temporarily, which hasn't happened yet.  He also doesn't want to send us on a weekend.  That being said, we might be in Cayenne for another week or so at this rate!

We also find out that Cody's second placement- Papaïchton- is currently about 2 hours away from Maripasoula by pirogue on the river, because it's the dry season and the river is quite low.  It also costs 40 euros round trip, so between the money and the time, we are hoping his hours work our so that he doesn't have to make the trip too often.

Alright everyone, sorry there's nothing too exciting.  We've just been hanging out in Cayenne and enjoying it while we can :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update. Love the photos... love you two!

    Mom and Dad/Nancy & Charlie