Hey! It’s Melissa again. Got a bunch of updates from Cait and of course, there is never a dull moment with her! So, how many cows IS Cait worth? While that is the title of this blog, the question has never been answered. After a quick phone call I had with Cait this morning, I … More Caitlin is being traded for cows….again
Message from Cait: Good day! Reached 9ft depth on our first drill day! I have been able to sleep in my room because I believed the rats wouldn’t come. Not true as I found out today. My comfort – a local said to sleep in socks because they will chew on individual toes.
Message from Cait: “All is well! Made it to Bukedea. Thatched huts and very remote just like i like! We walk everywhere and the huts are spaced quite well. I love it. The hut i live in is 5 star. I even have a door! No snakes yet. I was pulled aside as the team … More First message from Cait
Hi Everyone, My name is Melissa and I’ll be Caitlin’s ghostwriter while she’s working and traveling. I won’t be able to give messages to her since she won’t be able to check e-mail very often but I’ll be posting the updates she sends to me as soon as I get them. Cait should be arriving … More Life’s a journey, not a destination
… It will kill those pesky insects! My dad helped me treat my clothes and mosquito net with Permethrin today. It is a strong pesticide that will be “safe” for me once it dries on the gear. It is supposed to kill mosquitoes on contact (wahoo!) Clothes for my 6-week adventure consist of two tee-shirts, … More If it doesn’t kill me first…
I am continuing to pack for the trip and this evening I tried to come up with a type of food plan. Typically, I try to have a couple protein items (tuna pack, power bar, protein pack) per day to supplement the simple meals I eat with the villagers or as a fallback in case … More How many packs of tuna can I cram in my drill kit?
The training day in Lexington, South Carolina went really well! Getting to spend the weekend with Radius (the organization Hydromissions has partnered with) and hearing why the training day “students” we’re interested in getting involved was really encouraging. Everyone has different backgrounds and talents but all are coming together to serve the common goal of … More Everyone LOVES playing with fire
My Visa finally came back after a couple weeks of waiting and a few anxious calls to the embassy. There wasn’t anything wrong with my application, just a misplaced return envelope – yay! Some of the trip details are coming together nicely, others I won’t known if they will fall in line until I actually … More I got my Visa!
I picked up some new supplies for Uganda. I still have two months before leaving but I like to prepare early (especially since I know life will get hectic as my departure date nears). I am planning on using Citronella for body and hair wash, Deet for my skin and Permethrin for my mosquito net and outer garments. All … More New Toys
Planning for Uganda has been very difficult so far. I have two Hydromissions projects in two different regions in Uganda – each project will have different American trainees. Coordinating the arrival and departure times, trying to add in factors for long bus rides and figuring out exactly how much time we might need in each … More Logistics, Ahh!