Today was my last day with family and friends and surprisingly I’m not as freaked out about leaving as I have been these past few weeks. I think it’s a mixture of having support from my family and the actual date being so close. There’s no more time to be nervous or freaked out. At this moment I just have to be ready and I think I can say that I am. I’ve done the whole leaving and coming back before, so at this point it doesn’t seem like “Good-bye forever”, but just a really long “See you later”. Two years will fly by in no time and at that point I’ll probably be sitting here writing about how Kosovo has become my home and how, even though I’m happy to be going back home, it’s really hard to say good-bye to the family and friends I’ve made in Kosovo. At least, I hope it turns out that way.
Bittersweet moments are a part of life and just because I’m calm and collected now, doesn’t when I won’t become a big ball of tears when my family finally sees me off at the airport tomorrow morning. I’ll be in Washington, D.C. for a day before flying out together with the other volunteers chosen for Kosovo. I think it helps a lot that we’ll have a chance to meet each other here in the States before heading out. We’re the first wave of Peace Corps Volunteers to head into Kosovo and while the notion is exciting, none of us know what to expect, because no one has ever gone before us. Joining the Peace Corps is already a scary endeavor without having to add novelty to the equation, but to be honest, I think that’s why I was so drawn to this particular program. Either way this will be my life for the next two years and I hope to share as much as possible of it with you. Look for new pages that will answer questions like why I chose Peace Corps, acronyms the Peace Corps uses, what I packed and what I should have packed, and specific situations that are unique to my particular story. Also if you’re in the Peace Corps, thinking about joined, an RPCV who’s finished their service, or you just like traveling, then I’d love to hear your story as well.