I got my shortwave radio in the mail a few days ago. It’s SWEET! It tunes into AM, FM, TV frequencies, weather radio, and 4 shortwave bands. Now, I’m not a radio brainiac, so I’m not 100% sure about all the features, but my Dad is and he said this would be perfect! So I’ve been fiddling with it, and I love it. 🙂 It runs off of electricity or batteries, but it also has a hand crank and a solar panel. So no matter what my electricity situation is in SA, it will work. And provide endless hours of entertainment. Other PCVs say that a shortwave radio is a priceless item because it provides music, entertainment, and even news. Considering I won’t have a TV, it’ll be good to have. Anyways, here’s a picture, and where I got it from: http://www.survivalunlimited.com/radios/ka009.htm
On another note, I’ve been working through the Zulu guide that PC provided. I’m working on the introductions and whatnot so I can at least say some stuff when I get in the country. Now that I’ve figured out most of the pronunciation, it’s getting easier to figure out things. I might actually be able to learn this now. 🙂
My graduation/going-away party is on Saturday. It’ll be a nice chance to say adios to friends and family. If you wanna come, let me know and I’ll get you the deets.