Guidelines for sending greetings, etc. to me:
Packages get through more easily and more quickly than letters.
Go figure. Maybe it's because they are more unusual, I'm not sure.
Packages will be opened when they come into the country – but a Peace
Corps rep is always there to witness it and makes sure that nothing is
taken out. There is always a charge to receive a package, but Peace
Corps has negotiated to make it really reasonable. I've left a
sufficient amount of money with the mail rep to take care of at least
10 packages, so that should last a while.
I have yet to receive any letters, although I know that some have been
sent. I'd suggest numbering letters you send to me and writing down the
date you sent them, so we can try to figure out together which ones are
missing and how long it takes to get them.
If you are sending postcards, put them in an envelope or else they may
well end up decorating a local post office wall.
Hmm, anything else?
My address will remain the same during my service. I'll be travelling
in to Lome to pick up my mail every so often (Guess it depends on
whether I have electricity or internet in my own village. If I need to
go into Lome for it, it's likely I'll be there more frequently)
About texts... I seem to be receiving texts from my lovely friends in
the UK over and over again. I'm pretty sure I'm not being charged for
receiving them, but I would suggest sending them from Skype or
something instead of from a normal phone - I haven't figured out the
problem (Togocell claims that it's not their network that's the issue)
Skype texts I receive once, although it's possible that it takes a
while for them to be sent/arrive.
Music: rather awful Ghanaian rap
Book: James Redfield – The Celestine Prophecy
also, have a pic of beauty from my mountain trip