Tour de Despedidas [Week Four]

Hello All. It hurt like hell to leave Peru.

And it felt amazing this time to do it on my own terms.

I have a lot to unpack, but for now…

Top Ten Highlights from Week Four

10. Paying attention to the signs. The odd connections between the symbols of Oxapampa, Peru and Lander, Wyoming…IMG_0743.jpg

9. Being a healthy, more at-peace version of me. Getting three solid weeks of doing 3x reps (1500 stairs) daily on el Mirador, outside my host family’s home:IMG_0884.jpg

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8. Watching the South American solar eclipse with my host family on July 2ndIMG_0901.jpgIMG_0913.jpg

7. Making jokes (in Spanish) about how people think my host sister is “not working” while she has maybe 7 jobs, including decorating for daily ceremonial events:paulyyyesy.jpgIMG_0931.jpg

IMG_0933.jpg6. Realizing I after just short of a year in-site, I actually integrated. Watching semi-finals of Peru qualifying for America’s Cup finals with local friends:IMG_0944.jpg

5. Living a regular life at site without Peace Corps. Taking glamor photo shots of the things we don’t have back in the U.S.

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4. Deeper conversations with Site Mate A about how it feels to leave this amazing place at our Close of Service. (Angeline extended a third year and leaves in August.) We both realized it is the first time in our lives we were leaving a place when we were not ready to leave.

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3. Seeking Closure. I found my stuff in the Peace Corps Lima office and managed to ship it to Wyoming via SerPost, hopefully circumventing another three months in bureaucratic purgatory.

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2. The cleaver of leaving service early. Getting some good hugs / farewells from my Peru 31 cohort since my timing in Lima landed during Midservice Training (MST) and medical appointments in Lima.

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  1. My host family hosting a “surprise birthday party USA” on the Fourth of July, complete with pizza and lemonade and Jello…IMG_0970.jpgIMG_1057.jpgIMG_1036.jpgDuring my return visit, without PC, I realized I always have a Home here.

I also realized I don’t have a place I belong now.IMG_1051.jpg.

That’s next.

Vamos a ver.


Parting Shots

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