This is my great Peace Corps buddy Patti (left) and I during some sort of fete at the Peace Corps training camp, Tubaniso, outside of Bamako, in Mali. We had arrived in late December, 1990 as "refugees" when we were evacuated from Mauritania. We spent a good couple of months at Tubaniso in a holding pattern, playing cards like servicemen, wondering where we were going to be sent, and learning Bambara, which we all wagered would be totally useless if we were sent to another country. Well guess what? I was absorbed a bit later into the Mali program as a teacher trainer, and so that Bambara came in mighty handy. In spite of a rather exciting stint of about 10 months of working at the ENSUP in Bamako, Mali, Patti and I were both, however, destined, as they say, to return to Mauritania, where we were the first Volunteers back in the country after the evacuation, in about August of 1991--we were happy to orient the newcomer trainees, and help reopen the Peace Corps program there.