Tag Archives: Pre-departure

“nervous? excited? ready?”

For some reason, these recurring questions about how I am feeling strike me as quite silly. Perhaps I react this way because even after the umpteenth ask, I am still unprepared to answer. Maybe it’s because I’m not quite sure … Continue reading

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t minus 3 days.

Somehow, the bags are packed. Tomorrow morning, I go to Philadelphia where I will turn in the paperwork that officially makes me a Peace Corps Trainee. I will spend two days there, attending a number of sessions with alliterative titles … Continue reading

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want vs need.

Once again, I am packing. An 80lb. limit provides a good little exercise in distinguishing the difference between wants and needs. A recent read, Barbara Kingsolver’s essays in High Tide in Tuscon, described the difference like this: Want is a … Continue reading

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ze assignment.

For anyone who’s curious about what I’ll actually be doing in Uganda, pretty much everything that I know at this point is written in a short packet sent me by the Peace Corps. Here are some excerpts that may or … Continue reading

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piecing it all back together.

So I woke up to the phone ringing. It was the Peace Corps placement officer stating my latest set of options: Would you like to go to Uganda to do HIV work/NGO Advising at the beginning of March? Otherwise, you … Continue reading

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nope.

…aaand we’re cancelled. I’m not going to Guinea. Just like that, it has all changed. It’s odd. I feel this incredible sense of loss for something I never actually had. And all this waiting– for what? I am restless beyond … Continue reading

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riots, t-shirts, & a dead volvo.

I have been spending my time obsessively checking headlines for news of Guinea and the strike. If things are resolved in time, my new departure date is February 6th. Even English language news outlets have begun to cover the situation, … Continue reading

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