for Rainy Season
falls outside of town
volunteers with motorcycles had of precautions as they traveled the
roads of rural Liberia. Dust and goats in the dry season.
Mud holes and slippery trails in the rainy season. Jackets,
rain boots, raincoats, and -- of course -- the yellow helmets were
all part of the daily preparations. Unless, you preferred the
way these two little boys traveled. They didn't know that if
a volunteer was caught not wearing a helmet that you were immediately
sent back to America.
of Gbarnga had to travel farther than most of the volunteers in the
Primary Education Project. It was probably a good thing for
her that after a long day of travel on the motorcycle that she could
come home -- next door to the Treasure of Love bar. When I went
to visit her, I asked for the Treasure of Love. That really
wasn't necessary. In any town, all you had to ask was where
the Peace Corps Volunteer lived. Everyone always knew.
was a County Support meeting scheduled in Gbarnga and I planned on
attending. Did it matter that I'd just recovered from malaria and had
spent a few weeks recovering in Monrovia? Of course not!
As soon as I had permission to leave the capital, I was off to the
party ... er, County Support meeting. It took about a
week to get back to Zwedru.
spent one day visiting the waterfall not far from Gbarnga. I
tried to get to the top of the falls. It wasn't that high, but
it was slippery. I fell, sprained my thumb, and lost my glasses.
I hated to report that to Peace Corps, but I needed new glasses.
I didn't give any details on how they were lost.