Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What IS this place?

Happy 2014!  It's hard to believe that 2013 has come and gone, and alone with it so has my Peace Corps Service.  I've officially been back in the United States for three weeks now!  Life is good, but never void of challenges.

My Christmas was excellent!  It was low-key, but that was probably good for this year.  America is crazy!  Especially around Christmas.  My aunt came up from Texas and we just had a small family Christmas with turkey and lots of pinochle.  I even got to go cross-country skiing up in Grayling, which I haven't done for like 10 years!

Mom and Dad out on the trail at Heartwick Pines in Grayling, Michigan

I've really enjoyed the cold weather, seeing that it's literally 100F cooler here than it was when I left Asuncion.  The winter weather has definitely taken it's toll on Michigan though.  Many people still don't have power, and it's been over a week.  My family shockingly did not lose power--even with me, the most cursed person in the world when it comes to power outages, living in the house!  So even though it caused a lot of frustration for people around us, we were really able to enjoy the beauty that Ice Storm 2013 provided for us.

Winter Wonderland

Me with my parents
All in all, December has been a great month!  Tonight I will be spending New Years Eve with some old friends that I've known for over 20 years!  I'm very excited.  But I will never forget my 1st new years eve away from home, when the G37 Ag crew took over the Zaphir and watched fireworks from the fire escape on the 11th floor.  Remember that guys?  That was good times! :D  Remember when we looked like this, guys?
New Years Eve 2011 - Photo by Lauralee (as usual)
So if you made it down this far, there's also a video!  Haha.  It's about my first month home as a returned Peace Corps volunteer.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Saying Goodbye

Well friends, as crazy as it seems this adventure has come to it's end.  I'm leaving Paraguay tomorrow and returning to the great state of Michigan tomorrow afternoon!  While I am sad to leave Paraguay and the people of San Jose Boqueron behind, as well as my fellow PCVs, I'm very excited to move on to what's next for me.

I don't have a lot of time to write a good final blog here, so I'll wait until I get home to do that.  Back home... where it's not 115F outside and I won't feel like I'm gonna pass out.

Until then, thanks for following me on this adventure, and check back frequently to see what other exciting things I have to say!  Haha.