I am going to try and keep this post short, sweet and to the point because I have a long two days of travel ahead of me. However, just to start off I am now officially a Peace Corps Volunteer. On August 17th at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa I was sworn in with 66 others. It was a nice ceremony and there were even yummy snacks afterwards. A press release from our Swearing-in ceremony from the U.S. Embassy can be found by clicking here. The night after our swearing-in ceremony was a lot of fun and we were able to meet some of the other PCV’s that have been in country for a while already. It was very nice after about 12 weeks of intensive technical and language training.
The following day I left to head to Sire. After finally arriving in Sire I arrived to the compound where I was going to live and well – my house wasn’t exactly finished. That was a little frustrating and overwhelming but I tried to remember what our country director Greg had told us recently, “there are two things that you all need to hold onto, that is flexibility and a sense of humor.” Since my house wasn’t ready I went on to my hub town of Nekemte where I spent the night. The next day since my house still wasn’t ready I continued on with the Peace Corps driver after getting it approved with my boss back in Addis as he continued dropping off the other volunteers at their sites. It was an interesting road trip to say the least. I ended up getting to go all the way to Dembi Dolo which is near the western border of Ethiopia. On Monday I returned to Nekemte to find out the next morning that the Ethiopian Primer Minister had passed away. Also, my housing still wasn’t working out and I had been in contact with my boss and they decided to have me come back to Addis so we could discuss things more.
Once in Addis, the next morning I was informed I would be changing sites. So sorry Sire, but I won’t be back. Bright and early in the morning I will be moving to my new site Aman, about 7 km from the city of Mizan where another fellow PCV from my group has been placed. I’m very excited and I’ve heard a lot of good things about Aman. In future blog posts I’m sure I’ll expand my description of the town but a couple of the highlights of the town are that there is an old abandoned airport landing strip that is now used as a soccer field and a place to go for a nice walk in the middle of my town, there is a small river I have to either cross or pass at least on the way to my primary school where I will work and something very exciting is fruit. There is a lot of fruit and the area is very green and there is a beautiful mountain that supposedly that serves as a nice background to the town. Oh and Aman is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region about 400 miles southwest of Addis Ababa. It will be a long drive but I’m excited to get settled in and to see a finished house. Anyways, that is where I will leave off. For now I will continue to be flexible and to always have a sense of humor. The address I posted for Sire is of course not a good place to send me mail now so I apologize for any inconvenience there. I’ll update my address for Aman this next week once I get moved in and everything. Thanks for reading and God Bless!
Check out my new “Care Package Wish List” page on my blog. You will of course have to wait for my new address but I anxiously await care packages from friends and family back home and of course plain letters are fine too. 🙂