|The end has come!|
Leaving Mozambique was a very strange feeling. Put every emotion from excitement to fear to regret to hope in a blender, blend it all up, and that's what it's like. Mavudzi was my home, my world, and my life for two years, and I will always remember it fondly. However, it was also a struggle, and after two years, I was ready to move on -- with both my life and my career.
I'm back in Texas now. (Possible new spin-off blog: "From Tete to Texas: Readjustment Woes of an RPCV") Every day, I enjoy a warm bed, no bugs in my room, hot showers, and home-cooked food. I'm working, too -- I teach an adult ESL class here in San Antonio. However, on a daily basis, I miss my people -- my students, Quizito, Laura, Redi, Páscoa, other volunteers... I don't think that will ever go away.
Mozambique seems very far away to me now, both spatially and temporally, but it will always be close to me in my heart. I think it goes without saying that I am eternally grateful to everyone who was a part of my life in Mozambique.
And thus, two months late, I officially declare an end to this blog. There were so many things I never got around to writing about, but I hope that it accurately portrayed the ups and downs of my life as a Peace Corps volunteer anyway, and I hope that it will help other people make the decision to do something positive with their lives, whether that's joining Peace Corps, doing a mission trip, or volunteering in their home communities.
Thanks for reading. It's been fun.
Até a proxima!
|Closing out my last few days of teaching.|
|My neighbors threw me an awesome goodbye party.|
|Moz 23, who replaced us, waits to hear their placements.|
|Coming full circle to say goodbye to Mamá.|
|Getting my "R" and hanging out with JFK.|
|We made it through together!|
|Some photos of our travels: Swaziland|
|Riding 4x4s in the desert of Namibia.|
|Namibia: Absolutely stunning.|
|Cape Town. One of my favorite cities in the world.|
|Merry Christmas from Germany with the family!|
|And Happy New Year!|