Now that that's is out of the way…I found a white hair on my head! I'm not talking that Backstreet Boys/N'Sync/98° frosted tips crap. I'm talking I skipped right over grey and went straight to white! I liked the changes that I have experienced here in Malawi so far, but come one! This is over the line! Now I know some of you reading this are distinguished (wink,wink) but I just wasn't ready to be a member of the League of Distinguished Gentlemen. Who am I kidding? It was gonna happen one day.
So since I've posted last time what has happened? I came pretty close to signing up for 1 more year of Peace Corps service. But at the last minute I decided against it. Long story but I'm calling it the Mosquito Effect.
Well Thanksgiving was going to be a small, 5 person, gathering, but Monday afternoon I got a call from a group of priests asking me to do a repeat of the previous year. So down to Balaka I went, about 60 miles from my house, and cooked for a day and a half. Bron, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Peru, was my sous chef. 31 happy and fattened people left that evening. They represented:
Christmas was amazing! Hung out at Nkhata Bay, up in the north of Malawi. Had a bungalow right on the beach for 7 days. Swimming and relaxing was the theme. On Christmas itself everyone at the lodge cooked different dishes and we all shared a great feast.
New Years was spent on another beach, Cape Maclear. Most memorable I've ever had, it will be pretty hard to top it. No details will divulged.
My birthday. I was at a bottle shop (bar) with a small group of friends and a Malawian man heard that it was my birthday so he shook up his beer and sprayed me in the face like it was champagne. That was after a T-bone steak dinner :-)
So my countdown has begun! 19 books to read before I finish. Can I do it? Of course I can.
This experience has been the strangest, most emotional, thought provoking, soul searching, and worthwhile adventure that I have ever undertaken. From the fact that I lost 80 pounds, to learning (semi) Chichewa, and helping people achieve their goals that they didn't think they could accomplish, to meeting people that I'll never forget and will hold a special place in my heart even though I've never told them that; I will never forget Malawi and will use what I learned here everyday and pass it on. I know I ran a bit long there - Pepani (that means sorry by the way).
So now that I see the light at the end of the tunnel what am I to do?
Well after I get home and get my dog acclimated to being around more than 2 white people at a time and me drinking something other than water and Carlsberg, I want to hop on my motorcycle and see a bit of America. I've got people to see, places to go, and things to do. Some destinations so far:
Suggestions accepted especially if I can stay at your place
Then off to work. Who knows what I'm going to be doing of where I'm going to be doing it, but I'll keep you posted.
Well this will probably be my last post while being in Malawi as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I want to thank you for reading my blog and for your comments.