IST, time for stage reunion!

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on October 31, 2010

I left Rabat at 8:00am and arrived in Marrakech around 2:00pm.

1st year Health and Environment volunteers are gathering at CNSS Hotel this week for In-Service Training. Volunteers are sleeping in the bungalows. Busy week ahead. Hooray for seeing everyone again!

chat, chat, chat

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on October 30, 2010

I love the country but I don’t like the people.

– Moroccans about Morocco

Moroccans love the land but not the people who inhabit it because Morocco is a corrupt country, at least according to Moroccans I talk to. Quite unfortunate, I think.

Busy day. Chatty day.

I worked in the office. I put together World AIDS Day kits. I met with the new Programming and Training Officer today to discuss the Diversity training for the current PCTs. I talked to the CD.

After paying my hotel bill at the Villeda, I found myself in a conversation with the son of the hotel owner. In Spanglish, literally, we discussed politics, growing up Chinese-American, the origins question, Moroccans’ opinions of Morocco – love the country, dislike the people – and the culture, the English language and globalization. I love communicating in different languages, even more when more than one language is being used to communicate.

taste of the expat life

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on October 29, 2010

if D did it then I can do it!

– My cousin’s life motto

Oh goodness…for better or worse, haha.

4:00 am bedtime: Tonight, I attended an expat’s birthday party, where I had a lot of fun and met some fascinating people. It was held at a house near the medina; the homeowner remodeled it completely to modern living standards and style before renting the place out. It was gorgeous. Afterwards, I went to Prive Lounge. Hands down, most legit lounge I’ve been to since arriving in country. (Agadir has the most legit club.) Quite the underworld of Morocco: dress to impress clientele, fully stocked bar, good music. I must say, that’s where young, rich Moroccans go to party. Prive could be really fun if I went with a group of friends (instead of being one of less than a handful of non-Moroccans there).

I think about what it’d be like to live as an expatriate somewhere. I’ve considered dipping into it while serving in PC – that is, living in my village but socializing with expats when I’m out of it, say in Essaouira proper. It’s balancing two totally disparate worlds. The former is a relatively cheap lifestyle, while the latter can be expensive.  One’s homogenous with people who rarely travel outside the village; the other’s diverse in every sense of the world – citizens of the world, international travelers, a range of experiences and KSA in their CVs, fascinating stories abound.

I don’t sleep well in most hotels because I’m weary of the bug situation – bed bugs and mosquitos, more specifically. This means I usually don’t sleep well the first night of arriving somewhere new. Hoping to sleep well tonight!

sisters and happiness

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on October 29, 2010

medical conversations

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on October 28, 2010

Meeting the new PC med staff:

B: I’m here temporarily, so just ignore me.

D: Oh, are you here on detail?

B: “Detail”? You must be military.

D: No, no. I just worked in government before Peace Corps.

The end of my appointment with the new PCMO:

“D, I love your questions.” – newest PCMO, said with a hint of sarcasm I suspect, when I asked her what the “MiF” in MiF kit stood for and she didn’t know.

Meeting the new medical admin staff, when I asked her whether she’s Moroccan:

“Why do you ask? Is it because – [cue for her to squint her eyes] – because my eyes are like this, like yours?”

After dropping off my second stool sample of the day at the lab, the receptionist who recognizes me jokingly says:

“Do you have nothing to do today?”

Apparently, you’re supposed to wait at least 24-hours between stool samples. I have to submit 3 for worms testing. Fun!