["The local girls are really friendly..."]
Saturday November 20th
10:20pm No phone
Well had a really great time on R&R, I stayed a few days at a place called Laka beach. There was no surf, but it was great to spend a few days swimming, lying on the beach and having some nice food. Lots of the team from Freetown also came to the beach, Laurent, Christian, Anne and Petra the new nutritionist for my project were there. We had a nice picnic and went to a few pubs and disco's. The team in Freetown have a lot of fun, they have all the facilities. They have electricity, running water, internet and lots of fun things to do and places to relax. It sounds great, but for me being in the field is what it's all about, being with the people and really understanding their problems. At the moment I wouldn't swap my job for anything in the world.
Petra my new team member is really nice, she has worked in Burundi and Chad and is quite attractive (don't worry Jen you're the only one for me). She is from Arnhem in Holland and is pretty quiet, however she makes people look pretty silly occasionally. She is not a nurse she told me, she is a medical biologist and now works as a nutritionist. The medical co-ordinator asked her to help her out for a week so she will come in about 10 days to the project. It will be great to have a new team member.
Went out one night with Christian, I think we solved a lot of our differences. He is really popular at some bars, we went to a bar called Paddy's and had a really great time. The local girls are really friendly and they were all over Christian. The man can really drink. I was pretty much ready to pass out at the end of the night trying to keep up with him. We went to a great disco with really good African music in lots of different languages.
Well I am back in Rouks now, Christian finally got me a generator it arrived yesterday, so I will set it up on Monday when Peter gets back to work. Christian thinks he can finally get me the Satellite phone on Tuesday. It will be great to finally be able to communicate with the outside world.
Dave (me) Claudia