So right before I came back to Bots I wrote about my perspective on coming back here. So now I figured I would do a quick update on how I am thinking about this readjustment thing now now.
So first of all, it has not been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And I think that is simply because I can say that I have 16 weeks left of service. It is so close that no matter what it seems doable. The same things here are still frustrating me when I deal with them...which is all the time.
A quick example. For every victory comes at least a few frustrating moments. I finally got gas for my stove on Thursday. After 6 months of no gas. So that was a huge victory. And within that same day the driver from the Min of Ed (who has a real job and makes way more than me) was begging me for money. And then later that day when I was heading into town for some airtime the bus refused to take me. Not because they had no room...there were seats. There is just some arbitrary rule that particular bus had that it was not allowed to pick up people on that road. Something about competition with other buses.
But overall it is nothing unexpected. And the other part of readjustment has been the boredom. I have been super bored. Since I have been back there have been other events at the school going on and now it is exam time. And then school closes. So that is why I have been spending time doing things like updating my resume. Because I am super bored.
Anyway, just thought I would do a bit of an update on how I am doing after being back.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
In several hours I get to start the long trek back to Botswana. It is going to take me at least two days, with overnights in Doha and Jo’burg before I get back. Needless to say I am not looking forward to it. At all. The flight is just dreadful.
But anyway, with that out of the way I figured I would spend just a quick bit of time talking about my trip to the US. First of all, it was fantastic. It was great to be in a familiar environment, around friends and family, and just being able to relax. I mean fully relax (something which does not happen that often in Bots for me).
Naturally I did what most PCVs would do when graced with a trip to the US. I ate lots of food I can’t get there (good pizza, Mexican, Chinese, Mexican…did I say Mexican yet?), stocked up on supplies for my last few months, and showered every day. All in all it was pretty awesome.
Also, during my trip to the US I got to attend a wedding. So, to Katie and Sean (currently on your honeymoon) congrats! And thanks for having me in the wedding party. I got to see most of my family and nearly all of my friends. Which that is good and bad. It is amazing to see people you have not seen for nearly two years. But that means you still have to go through the process of saying goodbye to them yet again. At least this time around it will only be for a few months.
And even though I know it is only for a few months, I still am not looking forward to going back to Bots. It was nice to get back into a bit of a familiar routine. And since I am close to being done I have started to look around at jobs for after Peace Corps. It would be so easy to just not come back.
But when have you ever known me to take the easy way? I am stubborn. And I am sure once I get back in Botswana and spend a few weeks falling back into a routine there it will be fine. But looking at it from this end (especially with that long flight in between) I am not excited. A lot of PCVs I talked to before coming back expressed that if they went back to the US during service they may not come back to Botswana. And I must say, that is a legitimate concern. If it was not for Katie and Sean’s wedding I would not have returned during service. And while I am glad I did, if I had no particular reason to come back to the US, I would not advise doing it until PC service is done.
When I set out to write this it was planned to be much more coherent in my head, but well, this is how it is turning out. Oh well, what do you do? Right at the moment the plan is to post another blog at the end of June (when the school term ends) so check back then to see how I am viewing the readjustment from that side.