Thursday, June 07, 2012

I'm Coming Home!!

This week I spent my time in the capital of Botswana at the Peace Corps Offices, doing all the things I needed to do to successfully close out my service. It was full of interviews and paper work and medical and dental checks. As of June 6th, 2012 I am no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer and have moved into RPCV (Returned Peace Corps) status. I was supposed to be on a flight home leaving Johannesburg, South on June 6th, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the protesting going on in Egypt. Luckily I have some friends who have family in Pretoria (a city close by) who are letting me stay the night and make use of their internet. After multiple calls to Orbitz and hours of being put on hold, I was finally able to get my new flight itinerary!! That was a huge relief because I was starting to worry that I was going to be stuck in Africa! As much as I will miss and do miss living and working in Botswana, after being here for two years I just want to come home and see all my friends and family. I will be arriving at Port Columbus on June 8th at 9:15pm as long as all the flights run on schedule. See you all stateside!

Friday, June 01, 2012


After 2+ years of being in Botswana my loathing of packing has not diminished. When I came to Botswana I came with this:

I am leaving with one less suitcase and a girl can accumulate A LOT of stuff in 2 years! This time around I don't have my wonderful mom to help me get everything to fit :( which has made the past few days some of my least favorite. After packing, re-packing, rearranging, and finally deciding I can part with a few more clothes I was able to get everything packed into this:

Now I can relax and enjoy my last day in my village before I head to the capital on Sunday to do closeout medical and administration things. :) RPCV status is within reach. Can't believe this day has come!