Less than a day…kind of

22 07 2011

In the last 2 weeks, Katie and I left our jobs and embarked on the wandering, homeless journey that is family visiting. First stop: Sterling Heights, MI. Home to my parents and their adorable Boston Terrier, Bella. After stuffing ourselves with a near-lethal dose of Erma’s custard, we drove toward Katie’s parents with a not-so-on-the-way stop In Mt. Pleasant, MI. After a surprisingly nostalgic trip through our old campus (Fire Up Chips!), we moved to to dinner in Lansing and our last major stop pre-flight in Homer, MI. It was great to see friends and family before we fly out on Friday. Besides reconnecting with people, we tried our best to gorge ourselves on all things we typically miss while abroad: cheese, Mexican food, ice cream, burgers and pizza. Cholesterol counts aside, we had a great time in Michigan.

So the schedule for the next 9 weeks is this: We’ll be flying out of Detroit at 9 am Friday, arriving at 11:30 in San Francisco for Peace Corps meetings from 12-7. We’ll leave San Francisco at 11 am Saturday, laying over in Tokyo, then flying into Bangkok with a longer layover with a hotel room in the airport. The morning of the 25th, we’ll make the hourish flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh.

We’ll be in Phnom Penh for a night, then leave for a 4 night stay in Takeo Town in Takeo Province, 78 km outside of Phnom Penh. From there we’ll be assigned to our training host families in smaller district towns in Takeo Province. We will have both limited time and internet access throughout our 9 weeks of training.

Training will be a hectic time, with classes from 7 am to 7 pm, 6 days a week. In the morning, we’ll have language training in small groups. In the afternoon, we’ll receive technical training in our service areas, meaning Katie and I will be separated at times.

We’ve had a great time the last few weeks and although it’s hard to say goodbye to everyone, we’re very excited to start our service.