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 my employer, moved into my new place, started work, bought a bicycle, started riding minibuses, shopped at the market, learned how to wash my clothes in a bucket, met neighbours and met a Guyanese man who used to live in downtown Toronto and who asked me to give him the update on what’s happened in Regent over the past two years (small world!).
A couple things have really stuck out in my mind though over the past little while:
One: there is a lot of work to do. The organization that I am working for is going through a lot of transition and there seems to be a lot of opportunity to get involved… almost too much though and I will have to really decide what priorities I can focus on. More information to come as I learn more myself 😉
Two: I miss Toronto’s cockroaches. I don’t have roaches in my apartment per se (my apartment is very clean, secure and well stocked and there are almost no insects at all – except mosquitos – most of the time) but the cockroaches here are the length of my thumb… and they can fly! One flew into my bathroom as I was brushing my teeth last night…. enough said!
Three: I am an impatient person. I have a lot of dreams of things that I would like to see happen while I am here and that I would like to be a part of. My logical brain says that of course I can’t expect certain things to fall into place in 2.5 weeks (or even in 2.5 months) but the part of me that is used to being involved in many things all at once is taking some time to adjust. The extra time has been really important as I need the rest (my body is still adjusting to the heat) and it is really valuable for me to take the time to be focused and intentional about waiting and listening. This in and of itself makes this a really good place to be in right now… but it has been an adjustment. (as if I didn’t have enough exciting things happen this week 🙂
Here are some pictures of my place. Also I have included some pictures of animals that I got to see at the local zoo.
Drew Badgley is a student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, studying International Development Studies, currently on Co-op placement in Guyana.