The Peace Corps and my German mother already have something in common. They both like to get to the airport absurdly early. I am currently sitting in JFK with my 26 other Madagascar volunteers. It is 6:40 am and our flight leaves at 11am. And get this! We have been here for 2 hours already! It’s so early that the kiosks are closed and we cannot check in for another hour. I am not complaining though, my mother has rubbed off on me a little. So this means I am even a little anxious that we aren’t at the gate yet!
The last couple days have been a whirlwind. On Sunday, I took a flight from California to Philly. I slept at the hotel and then the next day we had staging! Staging is basically a fancy word the Peace Corps uses for orientation. It was a series of presentations and conversations about Peace Corps expectations and safety. I really enjoyed it. It was nice to hear from returned Peace Corps volunteers and hear them relate their own experiences to the material that we were learning.
Honestly though it was kind of difficult to even remember most of the topics we covered. The most probable reason for this is that my nervousness left me with a mild case of amnesia. Oh well.
The hardest part of all of this has been saying goodbye to everyone. I love my family and friends so much that most of my phone calls/facetimes/skypes ended in tears. I am so thankful that I have such an amazing support group. I love you all very much. I will let you know how I am the second I have access to the Internet! Until then, wish me luck! Madagascar, here I come!