A huge GRACIAS to all who came out to my party!! It was low-key, snowy, and a great mix of food and people – I genuinely appreciate all of your kindness and support.
Hard to believe I leave in a week! I first applied to the Peace Corps in March of 2012, so needless to say it’s been quite the process. Mom and I did some serious shopping on Saturday, so aside from the fact that I haven’t started packing, I’m feeling ready to go. HAH, more or less anyway – I mean, how does one prepare for something like this? Who really knows what I’m in for, but what I’ve learned from other experiences is this: keep expectations low and your mind open; observe; get comfortable out of your comfort zone; make friends; be respectful, confident, positive, and humble; and perhaps most importantly, ask questions. Oh, and breathe.
Today my dad and I drove down to Mystic, CT (where I’m writing from now), to visit and bid farewell to my grandparents. I showed them pictures from my cross-country trip, and they flattered and spoiled me like any grandparents do their grandchildren 🙂 Tomorrow I’m heading to Portland, ME to visit two friends from school. Thursday, packing begins…or maybe that’ll start Friday.
Ultimately, this time next week I will be in a hotel room in Washington D.C., probably reviewing the names of my fellow volunteers and the overwhelming amount of new, introductory Peace Corps information, all while enjoying my potentially last hot shower and sip from a tap till who knows when.