i am no longer a peace corps volunteer (PCV).
i am a Returned peace corps volunteer (RPCV).
we love acronyms here. the R is a pretty big deal.
so last week in dakar. saying goodbye. sucks. but this is life.
some candid pictures to end my two years of service.
|fellow volunteers that came with me. theyre leaving a week before i do but it's really happening...|
|baggage. we came with so much baggage. we're leaving with so much baggage. metaphorical?|
|they're super intense about the wrestling matches. people cry, freak out, act as if possessed, throw themselves at walls and stuff. this really happens.|
|people celebrating or being depressed after the match|
|i think i really will miss this country...|
|thought this was a really pretty image. garbage and collapses concrete building, power lines extending into the horizon|
|africa is one big contradicting sentence. sharp contrasts. huge power lines next to what akon would call "the ghetto".|
|dakar's skyline at night. that bright blob is the monument that cost senegal some $27 million US dollars. and still, kids dont have books and pens for school and electricity is not always guaranteed.|
|happy that we're going home...|
|jillian is back!! but now she's extending. wont see her for at least another year...|
|lazy susans exist here. and PBR. that traveled from america to china to senegal. world beers...|
|the people im leaving behind... at least for another year... and i seriously need a haircut|
|trying to readjust back to a western lifestyle with cocktails...|
|and shots in a fancy restaurant... dont know if i can get used to this again...|
|what is this weird utensil? it's called a fork? ive pretty much rarely used you in the last two years. is that how we eat in america?|
|chorizo and goat cheese pizza. absurdly delicious.|
|fancy mood lighting...|
|and fancy glasses...|
|i will miss them though. i really hope some (of the ones i like) can actually come visit me someday on the other side of the pond. they have a chance. study english. study hard. it's possible...|
|saying goodbye to the kids...|
|baba and gili were soo small 2 years ago! how they have grown...|
|mike toso took us to brazilian bbq. excuse me?! are we still in senegal?! did you just say they have caparinhas?|
|and all you can eat buffet for $12?|
|and delicious meats on skewers that dont stop coming? i feel guilty for eating this. but we've been starved for too long. trying to put back on some pounds so i wont look emaciated when i return|
|brasil, you were my first love. i will return again some day...|
|the delicious passion fruit ice cream... very emasculating...|
im coming home...