Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I’m relaxing on a beach of the Mozambique Channel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We finished the LEEP program in a poor village, were it was really hot with no trees. LEEP kids from the seven villages gathered together and had a final afternoon of sharing facts about our lives. Now we get two days of vacation to end the trip. I’m having a great time and I’m going to bring home a white shell for every kid in my class as well as a piece of coral that had washed up on the shore. I got to go snorkeling by a coral reef, which was amazing!!! We saw amazingly beautiful fish! My favorite one was black with an orange tail. I collected shells on the beach of a fishing village with some Malagasy kids. I’m having a great time and am sad to know that I have to leave soon. See you all soon.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I am in a big city in Madagascar called Tulear. We finished giving out the t-shirts and did the last LEEP program yesterday, which was great, but all of the friends that I had made i had to say goodbye to, and that was very sad. When we did the LEEP program, there were some things that Americans do that Malagasy kids don't do, so I had to write them on a chalkboard so they could write the words they didn't know. I told them my favorite food was a hamburger, which I explained was cow's meat. They probably think that I eat only that 24/7, because they eat rice, corn, chicken, zebu (malagasy cow), cassava (a vegetable) at every meal. After this trip, I will be happy not to eat rice and chicken for awhile. I stopped eating the chicken last week after we carried nine roosters on top of our car and then I caught a glimpse of the Malagasy cutting their heads off. I had to explain what baseball and tennis are. The teacher speaks British English, so he could translate although he had trouble understanding my pronunciation. He pronounced soccer like "saucer". He spelled my name Newton, as they don't really hear the "th" sound. I leave to Ifaty beach at 10:00 our time (midnight colorado time), and we're going to be there for 2 nights. I got to see ring-tailed lemurs 5 feet away from me in one of the parks that we visited, which was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
On the 26th,I visited a school in Kelilana, which was the first school that Hope for Madagascar helped. We got to see the small library (apprx. 25 books), which was cool. The students sang and danced for us and gave me a Malagasy hat and vest. I am now in Ambalona, a village of about 1,700 people. All of the kids are very happy, and I’m having a good time. We climbed up a waterfall today, and on our way back we got to look at a rice field. We also got rice that is still in its shell to show my class. Tomorrow morning a woman is going to show me how to pound the rice to de-hull it. I’m becoming better friends with the kids from Antananarivo, as well as getting to know the kids from Ambalona. All of the kids are amazed to see an American child and they follow me wherever I go and watch everything I do. It’s making me a bit uncomfortable to be stared at all the time, but I’m still having fun with them. I’ve spent hours throwing those little, tiny, squishy, thin footballs (that say CU Buffs, Boulder, and Pasta Jays on them) around with the Malagasy kids. I’m doing pretty well teaching them to throw a spiral, which they all enjoy.Veloma (Goodbye), Nathan
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Today I hiked in the rainforest!!! I got to see brown lemurs play in the tree, which was adorable! There were awesome plants, like this one that was a like a snake, called the strangler, and it was strangling another tree. My mom had a leech put on her hand, and it grew as it sucked her blood! As grotesque as it sounds, it actually cleaned her bloodstream. It is raining now, as it does every afternoon (early morning for you is afternoon for us). There is a photo of the kids from Antananarivo wearing Mike’s, Alannah’s, Summer’s, Lillie’s, and Zach’s t-shirt. They are kids who go to my school. Everyone else’s shirts will be worn by kids from other villages that we haven’t been to yet but we will get to those villages soon. I’m having a great time in Madagascar!!!!! In the bottom photo, you see us pointing to a sign. The name of this town means Boulder