Monthly Archives: September 2011

It all began with a bang!

Well, technically it began with a fire. Naturally when there is a fire, a fire truck comes to put out the fire. The thing about fire trucks is that they are well known for having blaring sirens in order to … Continue reading

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Shock, Shorts and Steelpan

So I have made it through the first wave of culture shock. I received a lot of excellent advice before I left and have traveled before so I was pretty aware of some of the emotional transitions that I would … Continue reading

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Pork Knocker

So tonight I met a pork knocker. In case you were wondering (I certainly was the first time I heard the term), a pork knocker is a gold miner who works in the interior of the country (referred to as … Continue reading

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Getting Settled

A good friend told me that I should blog often, because if I don’t, too many things will happen and I won’t know what I should say. Well A LOT has happened since my last post. I finished training, met … Continue reading

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Breakthrough

So I have found (after a few days of searching) some really useful contacts here in the city. I have also found some information on the mystery woman that I have been asking about over the last couple of days … Continue reading

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Drew’s rating system – What gets a gold star?

For those of you who don’t know, I regularly use a system to rate positive and negative things in this world. Two of the common ratings are ‘gold stars’ and ‘fail stars’. For example – Ice cream gets a gold … Continue reading

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On the hunt

So I’m starting to feel more settled and I am almost ready to start work. Now is the time to really start building some connections. I have been blessed to have arrived in the country with a really diverse and … Continue reading

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To shoot or not to shoot?

Today we got picked up from the guesthouse, piled into a minibus and took off for a place outside of the city. It was not too far away from the airport so I recognized some major landmarks from our trip … Continue reading

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Drew: Getting Excited

I am currently training with the organization that has sent me to Guyana, CUSO-VSO (the North American branch of the organization that sent me but the branch in Guyana is simply known as VSO). VSO stands for Volunteer Service Overseas. … Continue reading

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Wotch’yup – Drew gets his bearings

I’m starting to feel like I really have my bearings now. I know all of the major streets and which directions they go. Also this morning I had another tour with some volunteers and they were able to navigate us … Continue reading

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