First, I just want to apologize for the delay in updating my blog. I have had a pretty crazy, amazing, and adventure-filled first three months, which included a few technical difficulties. But all is well now that I have my computer back (a BIG thanks to an awesome mid-service volunteer and my dad)! Along with these technical difficulties, I also found it very difficult to decide what to write on my blog. Week-to-week, day-to-day, and sometimes even hour-to-hour, my perspective, my emotions, and my understanding would change. And at that point, I felt what I had written the day before to be silly and sometimes even inaccurate. Part of my job as a PCV is to fulfill Peace Corps third goal “To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of all Americans.” Along with that, I feel I have an obligation to share my experiences here with my family, friends, and community back home. This was made clear when I checked my email (for the first time in Africa) a few moments ago and had a mailbox full of sarcastic commentary on my grossly inadequate blogging habits (thank you James). But the truth is, I want to represent, in the best way possible, this amazing country, that in just these short three months, I have completely fallen in love with. But along with any love, there is disappointment, there are problems, and there are things that just aren’t always pretty. In the last three months, I have seen things that have reaffirmed my faith in humanity and I have seen things that have shaken me to the core. So how can I fulfill the third goal of Peace Corps, share with my friends back home my experiences here in Benin, and give a true depiction of this country… Well I don’t know if I have figured out how yet, but a COSer (Closing of Service Volunteer) shared a bit of wisdom with the RCH (Rural Community Health) trainees a few weeks ago. She said, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” So here’s to getting starting.