Netiva's travel journal to Benin, Africa
More recent journal entries August 2003:
31st: Am in Porto Novo!! Heart breaking missing my family, but the whole experience is so far worthwhile.
My villa is spacious and nice. Was given a guardian and a cook by the Institute.
So am spoiled from the start. The house is surrounded by mango trees,
Dates, cocnu trees, etc. very tropical indeed.
In the compound there are other villas all with French gendarms.
Am making friends. Tomorrow am starting work at the Institute. I thought I was starting Oct 1st! I understand I only have a dozen students.
The course is an introductory course and will last only 2 weeks.
Am leaving for London on Aug. 26th, and for Benin on Aug. 29th passing by Paris. I have only one hour in Paris, and wonder what if my plane is late and I miss my connection. The next plane to Benin is 2 days later, on the 31st. It won't be so bad to spend 2 days in Paris with all the tourists.
Found out that since stopping in London for 2 days, I am acquiring the weight limitation on my luggage by Air France. It will cost me about 25$ (yes) for each additional pound over 50 pounds of luggage weight. I am down to bare necessities.
Some heart breaking farewell parties
given in my honor.
Many thanks to the hostesses:
I'm so touched, and already missing my friends and family.
It is getting to be very hard to say goodbye.
|    I will carry with me your well wishes. Many thanks.|
Some songs sung for me on Aug. 1st:
Bye bye love       Seal with a kiss     Leaving on a Jet set
|      More farewell pictures|
|I will miss my volunteer activities in Chicago like the Breast-cancer walks, the temple play, etc.||   |
Am in Israel and continuing my efforts with Benin through emails.
We got the chance to visit the Benin embassy to get our visas and meet the ambassador who was dressed in his Beninese outfit. He greeted us warmly and we felt very welcomed.
We also saw the African art museum besides the National art museum. I purchased a few books about Africa and its culture.
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