Woah. It´s been so weird being out of site for this long. It´s been almost a week since I´ve slept in my bed, terere-ed on my porch, or made french fries for dinner. I actually miss my house, haha.
I arrived in Asuncion on Thursday afternoon. Friday morning we had a meeting for the Seed Bank, and I volunteered to be the Groundskeeper. Basically I´ll be in charge of maintaining the Seed Bank log and cleaning up the seed storage area, as well as run the meetings for the next year. I´m excited because I have been looking for a way to further involve myself during my Peace Corps service. I´ll be working with a few friends who are also part of the committee, and it will give me a few extra responsibilities which is great! Can´t be afraid to tackle new things!
Saturday evening we had Ahendu, which is basically a big music event that hosts performances from Paraguayans, PCVs, and other volunteer groups in Paraguay. It happens every time a new group of volunteers swears into service. It was fun to just hang out and talk with everyone from my G, as well as other volunteers that I´ve met over the last 5 months that I´ve been in site.
I have to say, at first I didn´t think I was going to make any super-good friends while I was here. I just kind of expected to be isolated in my own little corner of Paraguay and that I wouldn´t have much of a social life. That is not what happened though. I think there´s something about sharing these kinds of experiences and challenges that brings people together. There are quite a few people that I spend time with on a regular basis, and it´s great that our conversations don´t just revolve around what is happening at our sites. We talk religion, politics, about our friends and families... I´m incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive (albeit completely insane) group of people that make me laugh a ton.
This week has been all about reconnect. I´m staying with my original host family, and it´s been really fun to catch up with them and practice my language. I´m getting better I think... it´s hard to gauge. The people in Inmaculada speak much more clearly than the people in San Jose. We´re covering a lot of topics during the training, from seed-saving to green manures to grant writing. It´s all good stuff.
Time is going fast, though, and like I said I miss my house. I´ll be ready to go back to SJB when the time comes.