Things are moving slowly. There really isn’t a whole going on around my little village, but also I might just missing some of the action. I have to say that these past handful of days have been pretty quiet. Which can be good from time to time but not what I am currently looking for. I am quickly approaching on the longest time I have been away from seeing an immediate family member, mix that with being on the other side of the world speaking a language I only started learning a few months ago, and I get a good little bit of homesickness. I have been pretty good at being a hermit the past few days, and at times thankful that my host family allows me my own space. But as I am coming out of this whole lets hide from the world, I realize that this was my first real stint of just wanting to be home, and I know this won’t be my last. But a few things I am glad for and know that I can get through and beyond moments like these.
I know things will get better. Or at least there is something new or changing that will always be happening soon enough.
Thankfully I have access to the Internet and my family/friends through Skype and phone calls. Even though at times the whole time difference throws a wrench into I want to talk to people right now and it is either the start of my day/end of theirs or vice-verse.
That there are little things I will always be able to do to break up my days. The past few days I have gone and sat outside a little mom/pop convenience store and played cards by myself or with the owner and other villagers. I am glad for the moments/activities that can be shared with very little need for the speaking the same language yet provides a chance to have some simple fun.
And that I can not forget how lucky I am to get to live in a whole new culture, country, in a part of the world I never considered visiting. Things are not going to be easy but this is now my life and my journey.
Also thanks to Mariel for sending my some Starbucks VIA packets (my first package from the states!) I am enjoying getting to talk with you as you get ready to embark on your own Peace Corps journey, and I can’t wait to visit you in Mongolia! Also thanks to Kevin, a newly returned Peace Corps Volunteer for your encouragement and advice, it is nice to talk with someone who understands this crazy adventure. Thanks to my fellow PCV here in Thailand who have are there to listen, distract, and share funny stories of miss reading Thai labels.
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and support while I am on the other side of the world. Hope life is treating you all well!
Here is to another day full of great things to come.
Yesterday, my invitation for the Peace Corps came in the mail! Been reading through as much of the packet as I can. Oh the joys of more paperwork! Will be accepting my invitation to serve. So excited.
I should probably go to sleep or do something a bit more productive but I am caught up in exploring blogs and information about the Peace Corps. Why? Because in the next day or two I should be getting my official invite to be a Peace Corps Volunteer! Can’t wait to know 100% which country, I have pretty good idea thanks to departure time frame and the Peace Corps Wiki page. Hopefully in the next couple days I can say that I have accepted my invitation and start really planning for the next adventure in my life.