Date: 15 June 2019
Location: Bedroom #6
Anticipation? Oooh, dramatic.
It’s been more than two weeks since I’ve last been in the United States and I wanted to do a weekly reflection of how everything has been going on so far. From the outside perspective, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like to go through the Peace Corps and trying to say something about how things are going, what are you learning, and how I’m reacting to all of this… it’s a loaded question.
Okay, let’s start small. You miss home?
Oh how I miss waking up to the Ko’olau range.
Definitely, I do miss home and this is the first time traveling that I’m quite homesick. I think it’s mostly because this time, I know I won’t be going back anytime soon. It’s a different feeling because I haven’t really known a long-term lifestyle away from Hawai’i.
Going to the beach, Sunday night barbecues, and nights out to the bar are some of the things that I miss the most about home. Just seeing my friends and spending time with them.
With my family, it’s just weird not seeing them after waking up from my bed. Hearing the sound of the roosters crowing at the crack of dawn as the sun paints across the sky with light yellow and blue streaks across the clouds. The mountains are highlighted in the background and it’s another sunny day in Hawai’i.
Also, my fish and my dogs 🙁
I couple days ago, I did wake up in a sweat cause I thought I heard my dogs barking at like 3am, only to wake up to the outdoor dogs that have been hanging around the compound barking away.
I have kept in touch with my sisters and a few friends and I think that from the amount of contact, and the power of iPhone Digital Touch, I’m surviving here just fine c:
Oh wow, but you’re still planning to continue right?
You darn tootin’.
I joined the Peace Corps with the opportunity to understand and explore a different world, to learn from other communities that I could take back home and perpetuate some of those values back in Hawai’i.
It’s not just an international vacation across the ocean, it’s an experience that I think will give me the biggest reality check that I would ever know. I could be sugarcoating all of this in my mind, but I’m sure that this is a sort of trip that I would definitely regret quitting early.
With the opportunity to work abroad promoting sustainable agriculture and business practices, have the support of my friends, family, and US government covering my costs, I would definitely be upset to be quitting early.
I am honored and grateful for all the support I have gotten thus far; from the people who have supported my efforts as well as my past teachers and mentors who I have learned from in the past, the list of “Thank Yous” would just go on and on haha.
What’s in store for next week?
BIG NEWS. BIGGER THAN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST RUBBER BAND BALL.
Next week, I’ve got news to share that will be dictating a big portion of how my experience here in Uganda will go. Literally, steering my location, language, and overall service while I am here. I don’t want to spoil too much yet, but it’s very exciting for me. Our entire cohort has been waiting for this news all week, and I can’t wait to show you guys!
To everyone reading this blog and spreading the word.
My goal with this part of my website is to document and share my experience as a soon-to-be Peace Corps Volunteer (once I graduate from training). I intend for this site to become a resource for people interested in Peace Corps, and even more so in Uganda.
So far, it has been a great experience. Of course, not forgetting any setbacks, personal issues, and challenges. I’ll see you guys tomorrow!