Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to Malawi

As Cliff Clavin said, on more than one occasion, Its a little known fact that I'm going back to Malawi tomorrow.  Yep thats right, I've been in America since June 26.  I've had a great time seeing all my family and friends.  I went to Maine with Cusson and Kent, saw the Red Sox lose to the Blue Jays, but I had the best seats in the house, thanks to Kent, drank way too many beers that were't Carlsberg, ate some of the best/worst food America has to offer, rode my motorcycle here/there/everywhere, used technology, and best of all brought back amazing weather (it only rained once).  I'd like to thank all the people that traveled to see me, took time out of their days to hang out, brought me out for food or drinks, and most of all put up with my ramblings about my life in Malawi.

As I leave tomorrow, August 2, I head back to the place I have called home for the past 16 months.  A place where I have made great friends, saw things you only see on TV, experienced things that not many people can ever understand, and lived like many people would never want to.  The next 9 months will be but a blink of an eye.  I hope to finish my projects and make them sustainable, but if it doesn't work, well such is life.  I am a changed person because of this, and as I come back next year with gifts and memories, I will also be bringing back my dog. (It's one of those things now, whenever I talk about Africa my dog has to be mentioned.) So I will see you all April 2013.

Have fun. Don't hurt yourself. Stay off drugs.

Monday, February 27, 2012

365 Days Down

Time sure does fly by. Exactly 1 year ago today, February 27, I arrived in Malawi to begin my Peace Corps service. It really has been a strange experience. Every day is an eternity, each 24 hour period feels like it will never end, but come Saturday night, I look back and say where did the week go? The same thing happens on the first day of each month, when I sit back and enjoy my monthly cup of Jack Daniels, “I can’t believe it’s already a new month.”

Yea, sometimes I wonder, “What the hell am I doing here? What difference am I making?” And I don’t have the answers to those questions. Yea, some days I want to leave go back to the good ole US of A, God, do I miss it. But I look around and 99.9% of the people around me will never have the opportunity in their entire lives to see the States, I on the other hand just have to wait 14 months. Until you no longer have it, even if you don’t use it often, you don’t realize how much you miss it; and that goes for everything.

I want to thank all of you that have emailed, called, or sent mail to me. It’s always good to hear from you back home. I really don’t know what else to talk about, maybe that’s why I upload a new blog once every 3 months or so. I would call myself lazy, but that’s not true, maybe 95% true, but definitely not 100%.  Maybe its because I don't know what you want to hear/know about.  It has become normal everyday life to me so I don't know what interests you have.  Well because I've got nothing else on my mind, I'll wrap this up.

Keep in touch and let me know what you want to hear about.  Have fun, don't hurt yourself, and stay off drugs.