It's crazy to think that I've been in Fianar for almost three weeks already! Some days it feels like I just arrived, and other days it feels like I've lived here for a long time. Even though I'm still waiting to solidify my teaching schedule, I am feeling very settled into life at SALT, thanks to my amazing host family (more about them to come later!) and the welcoming community. SALT stands for "Sekoly Ambony Loterana momba ny Teôlôjia" (Lutheran University of Theology), and it is the seminary where I both live and teach.
I live in a complex called Villa MELCAM. MELCAM stands for "Missionaries of the ELCA in Madagascar"; the name is a souvenir from a time when the U.S. had a strong missionary presence in this country. The subdivided building used to house American missionaries, and now it's used for guests--like me!
The biggest room is my living room and bedroom (above on the left). Yep, I sleep in the living room! (And, yes, Mom, I did make my bed just for this post.) And on the right, surprise! Another bedroom.
And last but not least, here's what the back of the building looks like.
My apartment is much different from a typical Madagascan home. In the words of my country coordinator, I'm living in "vazaha land" (vazaha is a term for foreigners). And I am. I am incredibly privileged to be living in such a gigantic apartment furnished with wifi, electricity, and running water. I have more space than I will ever need, and that's taking some getting used to.