Entry #04: Life Away From Home

Date: 4/27/2019 at 8:46pm
Location: Home

A dinner with the Peace Corps, a global perspective.

I got to meet quite a lot of people from this evening. It was another humid and cool evening in Hawai’i, casually coming an hour late to a party that the new Peace Corps Volunteers were invited too, you know, Hawaiian time. It was refreshing to hear so many encouraging voices tonight, and over pizza and beer, what more can you ask for?

A few people I met tonight, some were familiar faces and some were new faces I’ve never met. Either way, everyone I got to see tonight were incredibly encouraging to hear about my service in Uganda. I didn’t know about the circumstances for everyone, and didn’t quite understand the scene of what kind of returned volunteers I was going to meet tonight, but it was nice.

A few people whom are leaving within a similar time frame as me are practically on the same page. Anxious. Squirming. Ready to start this new adventure. So am I. I’m not particularly ready to go to Africa and live there for the next two years, who really is? At the same time, I think I’ve learned and experienced enough around that world that I know that I’ll be okay leaving Hawai’i for the next couple years.

What are you even going to do in Uganda?

Knowing I won’t have ready access to the internet, electricity and just my general living comforts like how I do here in Hawai’i, I know that things will turn out okay.

Another volunteer I got to meet tonight is also going to Africa, albeit she will be serving in another location, it was really nice to hear the same kind of worries about what it’s really going to be like serving in Africa. Neither of us have been there and it was honestly comforting to know that she was coming from a similar background of having travelled around Asia to understand that things are definitely not going to be the same.

It’s funny. Taking hot showers, ready access to crystal clear drinking water, and having access to the sun, beach, friends, and comfort; it’s bittersweet to know that I won’t have any of that any time soon. Nothing can replace living at home, that goes for everyone, but I think it’s time to move on.

Looking forward to the next big thing…kinda

I’m not really sure what I have to look forward too. It’s like a big, red curtain that is just draping over the surprise that is to come on the other side. But like any other surprise, what exactly am I looking for? I’m not even sure. A big list of unforgettable memories and all sorts of mishaps and stories and waiting, I’m sure. It’s only a matter of time to see what’s to come.

In preparation for all of this, today, I’m trying to officially announce my website to my friends and family because I think it’s the best way for them to know what’s going on.

I don’t think 4G LTE is available where I’m staying at, haha. At least not on this budget.

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