It has been a month that I have been here and programs are really starting to come together. Daily activities are starting to become routine. YSSL is going well, and I really don't even get any anxiety over teaching anymore. I am also getting used to talking with the ministries here, and trying to set up meetings and relay messages to them. We had the director of the ministry of social welfare come and talk to the YSSL students, and I thought that it went really well. The kids got really excited because of it. I also got to see first hand how the Sierra Leone government is run. Abby and myself spent an afternoon at parliament. Unfortunately they had to kick us out because nobody told us that we needed to be dressed up to go there. Another interesting event happened was with Phil and myself when we were walking down Pendema street. Neither of us were aware that we couldn't walk on the same side of the road as the maximun security prison. So we were a little surprised when an officer arrested it because of it. Fortunately, everything turned out great, and he ended up letting us go with a warning after the fact. Finally we all went to Tiwai Island for the weekend. We had a great time there. We all got to experience what government transportation is like, we got to see a lot of Sierra Leone, and we saw a lot of wild life on the island. It was without a doubt the best sleep that I have gotten since I have been in Africa.
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