Monday, August 24, 2009

Laughing in the Face of Danger

Part I:

This past Friday evening I made an unfortunate discovery. I had been robbed. Someone broke into my room while I was away at school, rooted through my things and took whatever they wanted. My purse was missing two weeks' worth of my salary, and I also lost at least three pairs of earrings (all of which are irreplaceable in terms of sentimental value). Thankfully, none of my cameras were stolen, but my knife was misplaced and the blade dirty. I confronted my host family with some back-up from the Peace Corps. My host family believes that a mentally ill local man is responsible, but the Peace Corps is no longer convinced that my homestay is safe. Therefore, I've moved back into the dorms at the college in Marapyane. This morning I filed a police report about the incident. I'm pretty sure the money has been spent and the jewelry sold, but I think the Peace Corps will reimburse me for some of it. Of course I'm kicking myself for not buying personal property insurance. I can't believe that I was robbed after only a month in-country!

Part II: In my group of 43 trainees, three out of nine have tested positive for swine flu in the last week. I'm not sick, but it's something to look forward to!


  1. Hi Kelsey - I'm so glad you've been posting updates and seem to be having a good/interesting time. Keep them coming so we can live vicariously through you while going to our cubicle jobs!

    Can't wait to see some pictures!


  2. Hi Kelsey-I just managed to connect all by myself to your blog of Aug. 24th. I am so sorry about the thieft of your belongings, but more concerned about the flu danger. I was so happy that you were in a good home. Try not to hold the thieft against your host family.

    Much love from Grandma.

  3. Leigh! Hi! I'm so glad you're keeping up with this. Hope you're enjoying living vicariously through me. I'll try to keep it interesting!

    I'm very impressed that you managed to find this blog. Excellent work.
    I love getting your letters. I've gotten three already. Thank you!
    My host family and I are still on good terms. My gogo helped find the man responsible.
    Hope all is well in IA. I have a friend here from Ames, IA.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about everything being stolen. I will have to send you new earrings! Sorry I have been so MIA I haven't had access to a computer in about a week. Well Chase is meh his patch didn't take so we don't really know what is going to happen down to road. Apparently I present symptoms of the Swine Flu but have not yet been tested. I figure, spread the love. So you found the man responsible? Did you manage to retrieve any of your things!? I am reading Vonnegut's (I know, I'm obsessed) Galapagos and it is AMAZING. I really think you would like it. Did you move back in with your host family or do they still think that it is not a safe living environment? Tell us more about the food you eat there!