SPENCER BUTTE = Gorgeous in the summer!

Me and Spencer’s Butte, and I gotta say it makes me smile!

Alas, in less than a couple of months, I’ll be leaving Spencer Butte and the Eugene area for my two year stint in the Peace Corps in beautiful Mali, country of the Sahara Dessert, the Niger River delta,  the breathtaking Dogon escarpment and the eclectic mix of peoples who subsisted in this area for thousands of years through the great Malian Empire containing famous cities such as Djenne and Timbuktu.

Currently I am preparing as much as I can, learning Bambara and French as well as collecting the gear, clothing, and paraphenalia I need for the trip. Along with that I’m trying to read up as much as I can about what life is like in Mali. It has an ancient and rich history being a cultural hub for learning during the several Empires that rose and fell a thousand years ago. Since then the salt that was worth its weight in gold has fallen significantly and Mali’s need for assistance grew greater as it fell to 4th poorest country in the world.

I have been assigned as an environmental agent which as of right now means anything from educating people about sustainable environmental and most specifically forestry practices in an urban setting to living in a remote village site working to help villagers improve a variety agricultural endeavors. January 31st  is my scheduled departure so until then I can only speculate as to what my tasks will be. Until then, its more French and Bambara for me!

I’m creating this blog for the purposes of keeping in touch with everybody, in the hopes that you all can see what I’m up to while I’m in Mali, comment as you will, and to hopefully keep in touch with you all if you be so kind as to update me on the latest going ons in your lives. Hope to hear from you all, and hope that I’ll be able to update you so you can hear from me!

K’an Bufo!