Hello everyone! Welcome to my new blog. As many of you may already know, I am currently working abroad. I landed in Honduras on May 23, 2011. Before I go further into details about my life here, I thought it might be useful to answer some Q&As.
Q. Where are you? Why are you there? For how long will you be gone?
A. I’m in Honduras, in a small city near the Pacific Coast called San Lorenzo. I am here with Oxfam-Québec to work with local partners in health community and nutrition. I am here for a little less than two years. So I should be back in Canada in January 2013.
Q. Why do you decide to do this?
A. It’s been a dream of mine to work abroad and I’ve been thinking about it more seriously since summer 2010. When this opportunity came around, I couldn’t say no. How could I? It was with Oxfam Québec, a great organization. In Honduras: a country that seems fascinating. With the opportunity to learn Spanish, live in Spanish and work in Spanish. Plus, it’s not too far from Montreal, which is a great advantage when it comes to the next point.
Q. Did you leave alone? How about your boyfriend?
A. Jason stayed in Montreal. Of course I’m sad to be away from him. He has been and is still very supportive of my decision. Thus it’s only normal that I need to be supportive of his life, his career and his choices. Luckily, with technology today, it’s easy to connect. Already, my first day in Honduras, I spoke with him via Skype and, for a moment, I thought I was still in Montreal. We will also be visiting each other as often as possible.
Q. Many of you may know that I am a runner and I also got into triathlon training. So I’ve gotten many questions like: 1) What kind of activities are you going to do? 2) Are you going to keep running? 3) Are you bringing your road bike?
A: 1) Not sure yet. We’ll see. 2) Not sure yet. We’ll see. 3) Hum…no.
Q. What did you bring in your luggage?
Packing for this trip was a real juggling act. The whole time I was trying to answer these questions: What can I live without? What would be essential that I can’t find over there? What is not essential but still nice to have to fight home-sickness? I’m not sure I was able to answer these questions very well. I guess I’ll have to see how things go in the next few weeks/months. What I did discover in the process is that I have a serious addiction to books and shoes. I might need to consult someone about that!
Talking about books, here’s what I’m reading this week: