Saturday, January 5, 2008
Back at Banani :)
I'm so happy to be back!
I thought I might have a hard time adjusting to being back here, but I'm really glad to be here. I really missed the other volunteers and staff members, and even though the weather is quite awful (serious rain...) I'm very happy. As you can see, we had a home-coming party, with Anita who is the new volunteer from Congo. I'm home!
I had a WONDERFUL week with my gran and her partner John. It was quite productive in that I got lots of shopping done, for the primary school as well as for myself. I saw lots of family as well, and had a great new years eve with my friend Shanta from Maxwell. We went dancing with a group of baha'i youth and their friends. I also visited the Baha'i center in Johannesburg for the 19 Day Feast. Going away for a few weeks was just what i needed to step back, have a rest, and get ready for the next 3 months.
Rae just got back from pilgrimage in Israel, where Baha'is go to visit holy places, such as the Shrine of the Bab (above). She's come back all fired up and telling stories that remind me of when I was on pilgrimage exactly a year ago.
Things that have changed here are that we've swapped dorms. I've moved into the senior dorm so I have the grade 11s and 12s. I'm a bit sad to leave my babies, but I'm looking forward to getting to know these girls. This means I have a bigger room and my own bathroom, but I also have to stay up till 10 (instead of 9) and I have more girls to look after. It will be fun..