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From Lisa - Saturday, 18th August 2007, 01:05 (GMT)
Hey Saviour,
Already slapping the locals, eh? I can picture it all now! So wish I was there to enjoy one more adventure with you; however am mired in much more excitement prepping for classes - ugh! Miss you tons and looking forward to keeping up-to-date! Love ya, Lisa P.S. when is the book coming out??
Hey Lisa,
It would be sooo cool if you could make it here, I know that you would love it. I think that Africa is going to be some place that I will be for a looooong time. I will keep you posted on the book.
From Jared - Sunday, 30th September 2007, 16:23 (GMT)
Monsters under the sink, you could maybe turn that into a movie or something i think. one month in the books, starting to get settled in yet? i have to admit, i enjoy teaching only one subject and not having to plan for all subjects all day long. i too have been having trouble getting on my site lately, trying to find the balance is hard. hopefully time will start to open up soon, im seeing windows opening up all the time now! cuidate
From Janice Way - Monday, 17th September 2007, 03:53 (GMT)
Hello Echo.

It is wonderful to read all about your life at the moment and yes, even the challenges of teaching your 13 students. Just so you know, i am now on facebook although I don't know how to do much on it yet. I am also not sure how to get back to this website again once i get off. It is sure a good thing that I teach Kindergarten as they don't have to know how to do all of this computer stuff yet. :) Hope to talk to you soon.

I am so happy that you found the site and me on facebook. That is awesome, now we can really keep in touch.
From Darcy W - Thursday, 16th August 2007, 02:07 (GMT)
Hi Echo,
My mom passed on your website. Thanks for taking the time to write about your adventure. We hope your got the house you were talking about. We admire how adventurous you are. Take care, Darcy & Sasha
Hey Darcy and Sasha, I am glad you guys are checking it out. I will try and keep it updated with adventures as I am sure that there will be many.
From Randy & Gail - Sunday, 19th August 2007, 00:27 (GMT)
Had your site passed along by DW. We can't believe how adventurous you are and think it is wonderful. You go girl! Whoever figured that small-town girl would end up over in Africa? We love reading about all your trials & tribs and here's wishing you the best of luck!
Hello guys. I am so happy that you are checking out my site. I will keep the stories coming as long as the adventures flow...doesn't look like there will be a shortage anytime soon.
From Lisa - Thursday, 1st November 2007, 02:02 (GMT)
Hey Lady,
I'm glad you are enjoying your experience. Sounds like things are pretty cool over there and you have settled in nicely. Maybe I can get out there and we can see that chimp sanctuary. I'm crazy busy here, and the only thing I am enjoying is teaching these dumb university students in Texas all about Darwin, monkeys, and hominids! Have got a few messages from Rodrigo in Ecuador in near-perfect English - go figure! Sly dude! Take care, and miss you lots...Lisa
From Kevin Wog - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 15:48 (GMT)
Hey Echo,

Sounds like you had a heck of a time, but alas all worked out in the end. Keep this site updated if you can, it is interesting to read about other cultures.
Hey Kevin, nice to see you are checkin me out. I will try and write as often as I can more probably now cause I am not teaching yet but the most interesting parts always happen in the beginning anyways.
From Kerry - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 16:35 (GMT)
oh my god echo... i can't even believe that! i would have LOST it. i admire your strength and perseverance... i don't know that i would have been able to handle it... i hope this is the only glitch in the trip thus far. love you.k.
It is all in the life of a female traveller. I am sure that by the time I am done all of my African travels I won't even think about sitting down to cry anymore.
From Laureen (Laury-belle - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 16:35 (GMT)
Hey girl,
So, being a b_ _ _ _ works! Quelle surprise!

Sorry we couldn't get together before you left - I will have to drink the bottle of wine on my own - oh well.

Let me know what stuff you need, if anything, at your school. Keep in touch, and I'll keep reading this site.
I am so sorry that we didn't get together, I would say save that wine but there will be others. I will keep you posted on the stuff I need though and may take you up on the offer. Hopefully pictures will be up soon.
From Jared Barnes - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 20:42 (GMT)
T.I.A. how blazingly truthful this simple little acronym can be eh? This is Africa. No place like it. congrats on making it through successfully, it definitely would have been easy just to fold at any point. I probably would have. good on ya. your house hunting sounds like fun, always popping out in who knows where. i cant wait to see fotos of your place covered in everything African. cuidate chica, y suerte con el busco para un apartamento. besos
You don't know how close I was to losing it. Good thing I was more mad than scared and upset. Oh well all in a day in Dakar...since being here I have heard worse stories. One of the teachers was stuck in the airport for three days in Dakar and finally had to go overland and it was his first time here. I would have cried then for sure. I hope all is well with you my friend and if things don't go well there you should think about Africa you would love it.
From Cole - Thursday, 16th August 2007, 17:06 (GMT)
Wow, Echo!!
I can just see it! That kind of airport shit bugs me so much. AGH!
But that sounds like a particularly bad experience..good job in getting through it. You are one tough cookie. It really is not something you ever want to have to deal with, but it sounds like you got through it. After that sort of stuff life just seems so much easier, but sometime more boring too.

One stop light!! Great. And I see from Google Maps what you mean about being in Banjul, but not Banjul.

Cheering for you and imagining your snake free compound now....Warm late afternoon sun beating down with the lilting orchestra of life happening just over those glass shard barbed brick fences offering reminders that this is not all a dream and in fact that, yes, you are now a very long way from Redwater.
I am so happy that you are checking out my stories. I hope to keep it interesting. Who would have thought back in the day in Redwater that I would one day be here.
From - Friday, 17th August 2007, 16:47 (GMT)
You Go Girl!!!! Im soooo proud of you and I love that you keep your journal public...I hope you dont keep any of the juicy stuff the sand in your crack after your first reggae dance party!!!
"Why do you keep talking about that?"
XOXOXO laurie
Don't worry this address has not been leaked to any former students so no editiing is necessary on this one. I will let you know all the details after my "reggae dance party" is looking like there will be many in my future. Love you to lady.
From Alex - Friday, 17th August 2007, 21:38 (GMT)
So excited to hear about all this!!! The scooter rocks and I can't wait to see a photo of you on the beast...or beastette...whatever. So where did you end up finding a flat? Are there many foreigners? Are the Gambians less pushy than the Senegalese? Lots of love from the West Coast!
I am not sure if the scooter is a go any time soon as the house I found is quite close to the school but don't worry it will happen, cause you need some mode of transportation here and it is too hot to pedal!!! So far I love the people here but I haven't been getting too involved with the community and the locals.
From Leisa - Saturday, 18th August 2007, 03:56 (GMT)
Who knew the house hunt would pove to be just as difficult there?

Love the scooter idea! Echo blazing through the wild 'burbs' of Africa! I really hope you are having as much fun as you sound like you are. It really does sound wonderfull.

Living vicariously through your blog, cheers!


Going to check out another house today...keeping my fingers crossed. I will keep you posted.
From Jodi MacDougall - Thursday, 18th October 2007, 04:19 (GMT)
Hey Echo. I have been keepin gup with you through your blog and it sounds like you are having an amazing time. your story about the orphanage brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Take care and I can not wait to hear more.

I have to apologize for the lack of stories. First year is crazy so I have been told and I am experiencing it first hand. I have more story to go along with the first orphanage story so get the kleenex the next time you check back. It was very sad and I had a hard time holding back the tears while I was holding these amazing babies and toddlers.
From Cole - Monday, 20th August 2007, 16:36 (GMT)
You are a very good writer! I really find myself gripped and completely immersed in your stories.
Hmm...yes...don't need those nasty negative people at embassies. Remain yourself a paradigm of positive energy and I am sure Africa will reply.

toot toot.

I am glad that you are enjoying my writing, and thanks! I am having fun sharing my stories and they just seem to be coming, besides this is way better than keeping a personal journal.
From laurie - Monday, 20th August 2007, 19:38 (GMT)
Echo????? What, its 1:30 here so if you are 5-6 hours ahead, where is my daily Echo fix!!!!
Ill check back excited for you, STILL!!!
I really think that you need to start planning to come here. I don't have a bathtub in my house so no worries on Leo drinking the water!!! I miss you but I am glad that you are reading my adventures. Give everyone a hug from me and I can't wait to show you pictures of the fabric I just bought. I was going to make it into a dress but I don't want to cut it....I think you know how that feels. Love you too.
From Kerry - Monday, 20th August 2007, 23:04 (GMT)
wow. congratulations echo!!! a little house, all your own. a 2 year lease heh? that's very, uh, committed of you! i can't wait to see picutres, try to include ones of the neighbourhood too, as the pictures i have in my head are probably WAY off! love to read your updates.
I am going to be the photo journalist as soon as I move in so everyone can see. I did forget to mention that my house is also directly across the street from a fantastic Indian restaraunt as well. I love it here and two years gives you enough time to come visit!!!
From Penny - Thursday, 23rd August 2007, 16:49 (GMT)
OK! This is enough silent treatment from you. Do you not know how many people log in to hear something new every hour. Get with it girl
I will try. I have just been really busy and the internet has been super slow......sorry!
From rubio - Monday, 27th August 2007, 19:56 (GMT)
oye chica, how was your first day? i just had mine today, there are only 15 kids in my class, absolutely unreal!! a chatty bunch but should be pretty good. great to see some fotos of what your class looks like there, im definitely excited to see it once you get it set up. i want to put some fotos of mine here soon, once i get it fully done (the school has been under heavy construction all month and i have had no time or classroom for that matter). radical, how many hours ahead of TO are you? thats the timezone im in, so we should definitely try to connect on skype. besos de republica dominicana
Hey my friend, I look forward to chatting with you soon too. First day is on Wed so I will keep you posted. I am looking forward to seeing your site when you get classroom pictures up.
From Lisa - Friday, 31st August 2007, 17:35 (GMT)
Hey Lady,

Fascinating stories - still waiting to hear about the monkey's fate (and what species??). Sounds like you are taking it all in in true Echo-fashion! Things in Texas are swamped, but beginning to enjoy teaching myself (though Texan adults are worse than children - just goin' out on a limb here). Miss you lots but look forward to your updates...
Love ya, Lisa
P.S. green plates, eh? I'll have to look into this in TX
I am sorry still going to find out about the monkeys. Apparently there is a park with tons of them in them here and if you take peanuts they will come down and eat out of your hands (I was told...not impressed. No monkeys were harmed in the adventure though. I can't wait to write more but you have to have patience as I have little time to write (busy planning).
From Cole - Friday, 7th September 2007, 21:45 (GMT)
Hi Echo>>>>

Spot on, stiff upper lip..hang on. ..Here..have a shot of gin.
Ah, now isn't that better?

I'll be better when I hear more from you!


From cole - Wednesday, 12th September 2007, 21:13 (GMT)
Too long without an update!!!

Here you go Cole.I will try to keep you guys posted more often,have patience trying to find that balance between personal and work lives.
From Angie - Tuesday, 18th September 2007, 16:39 (GMT)
Hey lady...I finally got a chance to sit down, read everything and look at your pictures. Looks like you're settling in quite nicely. Is the spare room for me?? LOL I miss you tons and I will call you again on the weekend...LOVE YOU!
I am so happy that you checked out the house. Isn't it great. Spare room sure is for you. Try and call me when you get up in the morning? See now you can phone me first thing in the morning and it won't affect me at all.
From amy - Friday, 23rd November 2007, 01:33 (GMT)
HI Echo!! Your stories sound great and you do have the cutest little house, minus the unwanted monster. He was horrendous!!