As of this time next Tuesday I will be just about here:
That “X” is my most accurate drawing of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Ya, get jealous. Ethiopian Airlines knows how to do it in style. So this is the week before I leave for a 27 month commitment to serve in the Peace Corps as a Health/NGO Development volunteer in Ethiopia.
The most common questions I have gotten this week are as follows:
1. How are you feeling?
– How vague of a question in that?? I am nervous, excited, stressed, jittery, anxious, butterflies in my stomach, SO happy, and a bunch of other cliched but very real emotions for someone about to move to a new continent for two years.
2. What are you packing?
– Ha! I think the worst thing for my sanity was reading other Peace Corps volunteer’s blogs to death about what they packed. And then their very next post was to say- Don’t bring any of it! So I won’t give any advice whatsoever about packing… until I get there and discover what I definitely should have left at home (I predict the 10lbs worth of peanut butter) and the things I’m sure I forgot (always the toothbrush). I think one of the best things I am packing though is a photo album with notes from friends (useful info for future volunteers, I know).
3. Have you been stocking up on American culture before you go?
– If round-housing a double bacon cheeseburger counts, then yes, yes I have.
4. Will you have internet?
– We shall see I suppose. But this would be the place to keep up with me!
5. What does your mom think?
– Ummm… you should ask her. She’s really nice. In fact, if you set up an email chain with her about my possible whereabouts over the next two years, you could make a fun game out of it. Like where in the world is Carmen SanDiego, but with more coffee and less red hats.
So check back in every once and while over the next couple years to see what I’ve been up to, learn a bit about Ethiopia, and maybe laugh a little.