One year ago today, I boarded a plane with some kids and one old man and flew to Washington DC. There we got a shuttle bus to a place where we met some other kids, and then we ate sushi and I asked everyone where their financial institutions were, and they laughed, and I played it off as a joke... but everyone still liked me so it was okay.
And I would say, on whole, it’s been a pretty alright year. Made some new friends, learned some new language, ate some banichka, spent most of my time in a café in a village somewhere.
But, I’d like to take a chance to think how this year has differed from my expectations;
1. When I was applying, I just assumed I’d be going somewhere in Africa.
-I’m in Bulgaria.
2. Have a sweet new bike, custom built by a special bike shop that Peace Corps Bulgaria might have had.
-I think I imagined this, but somehow I just thought it was too cool to not be true. They did give me a bike helmet though. I don’t get out biking as often as I’d like, I miss that a lot.
3. Find either a deadly spider or poisons snake in my bed before going to sleep.
-This came from a story of a friends’ older brother who was in Peace Corps in Africa. I just assumed it would happen to me too, but as of yet it’s only been the bed bugs.
4. Not having Internet access for weeks at a time.
-This hasn’t come true neither. My village doesn’t have internet access, but I have one of these little mobile internet deals though.
5. Completely lose touch with any new good music.
-Although, there are not ANY good record stores in Bulgaria, I have been introduced to some good new music from my friends here in Peace Corps.
Some things my expectations were spot on.
1. The mayors office where I work, looks exactly how I imagined it somehow.
-Don’t know why this is. Just is.
2. Playing a lot of soccer.
-ohh yes, and sometimes I even kick the ball. . )
3. Read a lot.
-I’ve been reading a lot.
4. Meet some fantastic new people both Bulgarian and American.
-yes, this is true.
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