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September 26, 2013, 8:59 PM
Filed under: PEACE CORPS MADAGASCAR

Hey outside world; it’s me Arianna Pattek!

Sorry about the ridiculously long blog hiatus. Most of you understand why, and a blog post about that whole ordeal is forthcoming. But for now, I wanted to post a quick update and photos to show that all is well on the other side of the world!

There is major library progress to report…recently, I secured 15 boxes of books (totaling over a thousand books!) from Books For Africa and put them on a taxi brousse from Tana to Andapa. It took 5 straight days (no wonder I’m a fly site), but all arrived safe and sound. After working a few days dawn til dusk with Thorien, the librarian, all the books are organized and on the shelves. Check out some photos below. It’s pretty incredible – the library finally has semi-full shelves and looks so professional and real. Not sure how else to put it. Everyone in the CISCO is so proud and excited by the new delivery and so am I. It’s so impossible to get materials up to SAVA, so it’s a huge thing for us! I hope to have a grand opening party/inauguration ceremony for the center in the coming weeks once I’m back at site.

I’m currently in Tana for my Mid Service Conference – the gathering for all one-year PCVs – which is so crazy to think about. These past 14 months have gone by so quickly that it hurts my head. I’ll be sure to post a blog soon about gran vacances (including my mom and dad’s visit to Madagascar!) and my future plans at site.

Arianna Pattek_parent visit

Arianna Pattek – Parent’s Visit

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The dictionary and encyclopaedia section

The dictionary and encyclopaedia section

Please note the semi-full shelves!

Please note the semi-full shelves!

Droppin' knowledge

Droppin’ knowledge

Thorien the librarian labeling books

Thorien the librarian labeling books

Thorien with the mountains of books

Thorien with the mountains of books

Anyway, sorry this is short. I’ll update soon!

Veloma jiaby,
Arianna Pattek