Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Blog Title That's Both Conclusive and Uplifting

Hey party people... it's my last day in Madagascar.

Everyone is asking me what it feels like and and how I'm doing. They should know better. I don't actually have emotions, so there's not much to discuss.

Let's just say that since Jan 12th I've been on 23 different taxi brousses and been to 13 different cities. The Grand Farewell Tour has been a magical journey of epic proportions (highlights include my bag falling off the top of the brousse at full speed on one of the busiest roads in the country, gouging my foot open on a dirty stick at the taxi brousse station before a 9 hour brousse ride and bleeding all over, the taxi brousse industry on the East coast striking yesterday which stranded me in Mahanoro and crushed my plans to go to the rainforest... wait, those aren't the highlights... and if we're going to talk about highlights, let's do it for the entire shabang anyways...)

So here it is, Peace Corps Madagascar, my Greatest Hits (in no particular order):
Teaching the girls club in Anjozorobe Irish step dancing
Christmas Day 2008 with my stagemates in the Emerald Sea
Returning to Madagascar for reinstatement (We have to go back to the island!!)
Realizing that I can speak Malagasy after a half hour conversation with my friend about my feelings about Islam
Watching Lost in my University of Antsiranana English classes to foster cultural and linguistic discussions
Close of Service conference with my Rainstatement stagemates at Mantasoa
Lovely days at the Ankify beach with fellow PCVs and Malagasy friends

It's been everything I could have ever hoped it would be! Even with unsuspected issues like, oh, you know, being evacuated, having three different sites, etc, I am so lucky to have been able to live in Madagascar.

Stay tuned for adventures from Peace Corps Morocco
(Don't freak out, I'm just visiting)

1 comment:

kebrownePC said...

Dorothy! I am in Venice now, but aza distress: I am going back to the island! Just wanted to let you know two things. I sorta kinda miss you but am not admitting it because neither of us has feelings. Also, I just got seasons 4 and 5 of lost. So yes, I am returning to the island in both a metaphorical and literal sense. Your influence is profound. Heads up for a letter stateside in a week or so. Katie b