Sunday, November 9, 2014

The journey continues

well tomorrow morning I continue west. I spent 3 solid days with my brother and had a wonderful time. We went to BW3s, grilled, smoked pork, took care of the farm, and spent quality time together. Dobby has had an amazing time. He got along beautifully with all the chickens, sheep, horses, and dogs. Tomorrow morning I will head to Chattanooga. From there you will have to keep reading to find out.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Deep in the heart of Virginia

So last nost I made it to my brothers house in Farmville, VA. We sat around around and talk them went to bed. Today we did dome errands than went for a walk with Dobby on the highest bridge in America, back in the day. We went for a walk an boy did I slice my face up big time on thrones growing in the wild. We tended to the chickens, sheep, and horses then proceeded to buffalo Wild wings for some delicious dinner delights. Now back to farm living till tomorrow.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Day of sights and sounds

Well this morning Dobby woke me up at 7. We went for a little walk and I decided that, even though I had some coffee it was too early to continue with the day outside at least. We bummed around and at 10 drove to Patterson Park. It's huge. But still not big enough to contain the adventurers. So we proceeded to walk through the projects and end up in downtown Baltimore. Visited Camden Yards and many other sites. Actually was asked to leave the hallowed grounds where Ripken played - no dogs allowed. I read the sign and even told the security guy. He said I had a good point, but it was implied. None the less, 7 miles later we arrived back at the car. Oh, I bought a delicious fresh-squeezed lemonade. Got back to the motel and Dobby took a super nap. At 5:30 met up with Renee for dinner at the Blue Hill Tavern and the proceeded to use the coolest "taxi" app ever, Uber. We got a ride over to the other side of Baltimore for a drink at a hipster bar then caught a show that's part of the Fringe Theatre Festival. It all ended taking another Uber taxi up a one way street, the wrong way and a drink at the Annabel Lee Tavern. Baltimore, you treated me well and Renee thanks for showing me around and sharing lots of laughs.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Apple core. Baltimore. Who's your friend?

So I made it to Baltimore. When I started out on my trip I decided not to take any highways/interstates. See a little of what America really is. It's been beautiful so far. Dobby and I stopped and had lunch in PA and continued on into Maryland. We checked into our hotel and then went for a much needed walk. I then ventured into downtown to meet up with one of my Peace Corps friends, Renee. We went out for dinner and drinks and reminisced about our times in Malawi. Tomorrow Dobby and I are going to explore more of the downtown. So stay tuned to our adventure.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Old Forge

Well I've made it to my first stop along the way, Old Forge, PA. The home to a longtime friend, Jay. I left Dalton at 12:45 and took every backroad until i arrived. I figure that I'm in no rush, so why should I travel fast. I arrived at 5:20 and was welcomed by Jay's dad and Lucy, the family's hyper dog. She was quickly introduced to Dobby and got a dose of her own medicine (she bosses around the family cat). Anyways Mrs. Malecki arrives home and after catching up on how awesome my final destination will be we went to dinner at a diner. Fish and chips followed by a small serving of rice and bread puddings, simply delicious. When we got back I fed Dobby, and I think I have found a wY for him to eat his whole dinner right away, have another dog there watching him, he thought Lucy was going to steal his food. I showed My photos of Malawi and have settled in for the night. Tomorrow I journey south to my next stop on my journey. I'll let you in on where I am then.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Back at last, but only to leave again.

It official, tomorrow I leave New England and the Northeast for something different. I hope you follow along with me.  I will post a new blog each evening until I reach the new stomping grounds.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I Found a Whitey

187 days since my last post and 73 days till I arrive back in America. 

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:
Italy
Germany
Israel
South Africa
Malawi
Zambia
England
America

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.

But seriously. 

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:
Chicago
San Francisco
Las Vegas
Austin
New Orleans
Key West
Orlando
Philadelphia
Baltimore
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.

OUT