Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And we're off!

Well, if you've been following the news, Peace Corps officially suspended the volunteer program in Guinea due to all the political unrest.  Press release is here: Peace Corps Suspends Volunteer Program in Guinea

What does that mean for us?  As of Sunday, we are no longer volunteers.  We are unemployed, homeless, moneyless...  So what are we going to do?  Travel.

We're heading out tomorrow for a trip around Mali.  We figured that while we're here and so close that we should take advantage of the sites here.  We're planning on taking a boat up the Niger river to Timbuktu then head over to an area called Dogon country.  Do a google search for pictures if you're interested.  Pretty cool.  It may take a while before ours will make it on the blog...

We fly out of Bamako on November 9th to Casablanca.  We'll spend about 2 weeks touring Morocco, then fly to Spain and the Canary Islands.  We won't be having any turkey this thanksgiving.  Instead, we'll be scuba diving at the Canary Islands.  I think that's a fair exchange.  Don't worry.  We'll take lots of pictures.

After that, we'll head back down to Casablanca and fly to New York and eventually end up in Utah December 4th. 

After 2 years, I am excited and scared all at the same time to come home.  I don't know how re-entry into US life will be.  What have I missed?  Last time I left the country, I came back and there was this crazy new obsession with something called American Idol...  What will be new after the last 2 years?  Does Cafe Rio really still taste as amazing as I fantasize about?  Do such places as Target and Walmart really exist?  What will it be like to drive a car after so long and after living in a place that doesn't have recognized traffic regulations?  And snow???  I haven't worn shoes in 22 months.  That's going to be a problem.

But I know it'll be amazing and wonderful to see everyone again and be among people that understand me and where I'm coming from.  Just be gentle with me. 

See you on the other side!


hill said...

just you wait to hear what you need to get up to date with. just kidding!! ;) cant wait to see you though and im sure we will have plenty to talk about. You dont need to be in a hurry to catch up to anything. the only thing i would say is. our country is now socialist. lol!

The Stig and The Pickle said...

So glad that you will be able to visit so many wonderful places. And yes, coming back will be an adjustment but you'll make it just fine. You and Mary are tough and have great attitudes. Good luck with everything and we can't wait to see you guys. Love ya!

Becca said...

hey! if you guys have a long lay-over in New York you should totally let us know so we can visit you! can't wait til you get back to the states! =)

Becca said...

by the way, i forgot to say if you guys need a place to stay in NY, you can crash out our place! just call me if you need anything! 917-887-1235

Liz Roderick said...

Hi Mary and Dan! I just read through your entire blog while drinking my coffee and it made me laugh and made me miss you both like crazy! I hope you are having an amazing COS trip and I can't wait to see pics from Canary Islands and Spain! Maybe you'll see Amber and Justin in Spain! Love you both and travel safe!!!