I was able to visit my Ama's house, which was one of the areas close to the epicenter. Her house is still standing, but they sleep elsewhere because it has many cracks and is not safe. In about 4 or 5 days, my PST (pre-service training) family is moving to a smaller new house that was built for her. I also was able to meet the new training group and the lady that lived with my Ama. KM is AWESOME! We actually experienced quite a few similar things while living at my Ama's house!
This go round, I was not as emotional saying by to everyone when we left for our sites. I was more emotional over the uncertainty of what things are going to be like when I get back to my own site. It will be ok - I just need to reestablish a few things. The city I'm in is sad. Quite a few places are closed and our taxi driver was saying we were the first people he drove today when usually there have been many runs by the time we saw him. Come for a visit to help the economy! Things are at a great price!
I'm glad I have this time before I go back to site. Most of us are arriving at site today because we flew instead of taking buses. Monsoon season is here so PC (Peace Corps) wanted to ensure our safety and cut our travel time so we wouldn't be on the roads that have been marked for possible landslides due to the earthquake loosening up earth and the rain making it heavier and more likely to fall. Our traveling is restricted to necessary travel only during monsoon. It will go on until the end of September.
We have not had much down time since arriving and more than likely will NOT be getting much downtime after arriving at site either. We'll cope - we're PCVs! (Peace Corps Volunteers) I will continue to update you as I can! Continue to keep me in your prayers as I continue my service. Love and miss y'all!