I cannot spend much time writing because I'm at an internet cafe. I am currently in the town of Grove, which is just south of Georgetown along the Damerera river. When people told me it was like the Caribbean here, they weren't kidding. It looks so much like St. Lucia that it is giving me flashbacks. And, sadly, it's turned me into something of a knw-it-all amongs the other volunteers, as I'm constantly chiming in on facts about the Caribbean lifestyle. There are a few differences, though, for sure - like the cows and horses wandering all over the place, the absence of mountains, and the frequent Muslim and Hindu things. Pictures are forthcoming, although it might be a while. All us PCTs cannot use the Peace Corps computers until we are sworn-in.
Right now I'm staying in the house of a man who works for one of the local sugarcane distributors. He and his wife are very nice. The house has a tin roof, and is open inside so that the walls do not reach the ceiling. It was a little hot last night, so I'm looking forward to getting a fan. That will help immensely. But I sleep under a mosquito net, which is an interesting experience unto itself.
Training in Georgetown had us staying for two nights at a hotel, air-conditioning and all. It wasnt as nice as the one we stayed at in St. Lucia, near Vieux Fort, all those years ago, but nice nonetheless. The water wasnt potable, but I brushed my teeth in it anyway to try and start to adjust to the local water.
Training starts this coming week in earnest. I look forward to many hot and sweaty days taking notes. I'll be sure to fill you all in later.