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Written on: Thursday June 11th, 2009

A journal entry from: El Salvador

The coffee co-op was beautiful. The coffee (organic) was sooo good. I wish I had taken more photos but I was a) too much in awe and b) too busy taking notes for work to bother. Alicia (the woman who showed us around - she held presidency of the co-op for several years and has won awards for being the only woman at the head of a coffee co-op in E.S.) took us on a short hike into a heavily vegetated area where there was an abundance of fruit trees. Seriously unbelievable.

Last night was the El Salvador vs. Honduras soccer (futbol) game which I watched at a pub-like establishment with Rachel (my supervisor), Nicole (my neighbour) and 3 guys who have been in El Salvador for and had been working on Elections in the previous months. It was quite fun but by 9pm I was nodding off -- a combination of beer and my ridiculous sleeping schedule. I skipped my morning run today and slept in (ha) until 6am!

I had a meeting today with my supervisors. We started figuring out my coming up tasks which have to do with product promotion, so that is VERY interesting because I have zero marketing experience but will surely pick some up during my time here. Tomorrow I have training, on Saturday I will either run around with Nicole or come in for optional (for me) training on popular education and next week I am visiting another artisan workshop in San Vicente.

My hair is NOT taking well to the weather and water here. It is doing that thing where it starts to turn a gross coppery colour and dread on its own. If anybody has suggestions to keep me from developing a full head of orange dreadlocks this summer please, please, please let me know.


From Waheeda on Jun 12th, 2009

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