The Beginning of the End
January 3, 2013
A thousand apologies for not updating in so long. Guess I was so busy for a while, prepping for my sitemate´s arrival as well as Jama´s visit to mecanhelas right before she finished up her service and went back to the States. It was sad to say goodbye to Jama, who was pretty much my closest friend here in Mozambique. But I know she´s having fun back in America.
Now I have Jamie in Mecanhelas, and it´s been great having her! Her house isn´t ready yet, so she´s been living with me. The last few weeks it hasn´t been a problem because I´ve been traveling for Xmas and New Year´s. But tomorrow we go back to Mecanhelas, and back to being in the same house. It´s been fine though, we cook together, watch movies and tv together, and all that jazz. I´ve really enjoyed showing her around town and catching up on all the pop culture I´ve missed out on after a year and a half here in Mozambique.
For Xmas, I went to Pemba, and for NYE I went back to Lake Niassa, near Lichinga. Both were pretty fun, but involved a lot of long nights. I´m now pretty exhausted and ready to get back to Mecanhelas and back to work for the last six months or so of my service! I really enjoyed catching up with my fellow Moz 16ers in Pemba though. We had a secret santa gift exchange, and my friend Jack Cheng got me an electric mosquito swatter. Its pretty awesome. Today in Cuamba, Zackaria and I were using it to literally fry some flies. It was pretty intense!
I also met all the new Niassa Moz 19ers at the lake for NYE. It was so cool to meet them all, and crazy to think they only arrived in country at the end of September! Laura Melle and I were the only two “veteran” volunteers at the lake, but we still enjoyed hanging with the newbies. You just can´t beat drinks and fireworks on the beach.
Now that it´s officially 2013, and the year I go back to the States, I´m starting to think about my post Peace Corps life. I´m thinking about going to grad school for either counseling or clinical psychology, so I started looking into those types of programs today. Hopefully I´ll make a plan sooner or later!
Okay, I´m off to have some dinner. Hope the new year is treating all of you well! My resolution is to update this thing more often. We´ll see if that actually happens….