Hello all! I've got a lot of big news, obviously, but the coolest is that I am officially a Peace Corps Volunteer as of today. I took the oath at the Ambassador's house this morning after finishing up with training yesterday. I also got my site placement. Since I'm not supposed to be saying my exact placement on the internets, I'll provide a more subjective description:
I'm in the Northern Region. This is a good thing. I have a beautiful, huge 4 room mud house with thatched roof. I've got two patios, one that faces my Forest Reserve and one that faces the worlds largest mango tree. There are monkeys everywhere. My counterpart is a rockstar, and everyone in my village is so so so welcoming. That's about it. Oh. And my bathtub. My bathtub is amazing.
My bathtub is Lake Malawi. I'm close enough to hear the waves from my bed, see it from my front patio, and go to the tropical, lush beach EVERY SINGLE DAY. I find it somewhat ironic that the closest I've ever lived to a beach is in a landlocked county in Africa, but the toilets flush counterclockwise down here (or would if i ever used a flush toilet), so nothing is what you would expect.
Alright, I think my internets access will be a little better from here on out, write me or send me stuff, I'm having a *great* time.