118 Days to go!


So, what have I been doing since being invited? Well, here’s a list:

1. Panicking.  Skirts below my knees…?  Swiss Army knives are how much?!  Speaking French Fluently 2 weeks after I arrive in Country!?  Am I qualified to be an Economic Development Adviser?  And don’t even get me started on student loan deferrals!!

2. Celebrating. Not only my invitation, but my 24th birthday as well! Two of my best friends, Sam & Britt, flew over to CA from NYC just to help me celebrate:)

Britt, Sam and I

3. Reminiscing.    A close friend of mine, Kyle, died around the same time that I opened my invitation, but I didn’t find out until the next morning.  After a period of initial shock/sadness/mourning, the horrible experience sparked a lot of reminiscing and realization of how thankful I am to have gotten to spend this time with the people who I love.  My 14-year-old self set some hefty goals and they are coming to fruition!

My very first (and only, actually) Peace Corps Brochure. I received this back in November, 2002!

In our very last Skype convo, Kyle insisted on showing me how to properly put on a headscarf, just in case I encountered an African sand storm. He was almost as excited as I was to find out where I was going… 

4. Researching. I am SO thankful that I have a few months to research anything and everything I will need to prepare for Benin.  Some may say that it’s an excruciating wait, but for me it is certainly a blessing.  I’ve put together my packing list and started looking into pricing, comparing brands, etc.! I even made my first PC purchase for my packing list: a Camelbak water bottle!

Camelbak Better Bottle 24oz in PINK!

I’m also very thankful for the numerous RPCVs and Current PCVs who are answering any and all of my questions.  I especially lucked out with a RPCV who works with me! It is very comforting to have this instant Peace Corps family who all want to help you and are already looking out for you.  Love that!

Next, I am going to enjoy every second I get to be here with my family and friends.  My older sister is pregnant with my second nephew, Zavian, and I am SO excited I will be here for his arrival!  I am also very excited to get to see one of my younger brothers graduate High School.  I missed a lot of graduations while at school, so to get to be here for his graduation is special to me!  And, of course, I’ll be packing!

A bientot mes amis!


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