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Patti's Passages’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2006

Location: San Francisco, USA

MapI have been back for a month now. That's a strange thought. It's putting so much time and distance between me and the trip.

Looking through the pictures today and added the last captions helped to bring it a little closer. I know it'll continue to grow more and more surreal. Guinea was just so different that my everyday life.

I really did enjoy it. I didn't have to suffer any hardships or anything. That's one thing most people inquire about. Yes, it was different; I had no hot or running water away from Conakry. But it was doable. I don't know if I could commit to that for two years though. I mean, as Van says, it's not the physical part that's hard. It's being out of contact and stuff from your family and friends. Being so far removed for so long? I don't know that I could do it.

A coworker asked if I would recommend visiting Guinea. I wouldn't, not to her. I mean, I enjoyed my trip, but I wasn't just a tourist. I had my friend in the Peace Corps to visit. So I was a visitor and not a toursit. I knew someone who could show me around and take care of me. I was never venturing out on my own. And I think that was a good thing in Guinea. My French is not all that hot and they spoke it differently. Though admittedly, I had trouble in France with people not understanding my French. I need to keep practicing. I'm signed up to take French 3, the last of the beginning French, Spring quarter.

Here's the link to all the photos from Guinea.

I'll work on the Paris pictures next.