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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.
http://ryssa.fortunecity.com/travel/guinea.html

I'll work on the Paris pictures next.