Tuesday, May 18, 2010

12 of 26: a year.

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 cafĂ© 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.

q. what kind of shoes does a mouse where
a. squeekers!


  1. Congrats on making it a year...

    Good luck with the second one.

  2. "One year ago today, I boarded a plane with some kids and one old man and flew to Washington DC."

    Thanks for the laugh(s)! Love it.

  3. Dear Fellow PCV,
    My friend Craig and I serve in the Community Development program in Moldova. This September, we would like to take a trip to the Balkans and if possible, meet up with other PCVs in other host countries along the way.
    I found your blog on Peace Corps Journals and was wondering if you or someone else you know in Bulgaria might be interested in hosting a couple of fellow PCVs for a day or two in September. I’ve come to think of it as couch surfing meets cultural exchange, meets PCV exchange. What do you think?
    If you are interested, drop me a line at Melissamstuart@gmail.com.
    Congrats on making it to your first year mark, ours is next week!
    Thanks for your help,