It’s Official

I just had my last hot shower in these United States of America… so that means I’m officially going to the Peace Corps!!! Thank you Holiday Inn.

Also, yesterday was day #1. We just did the usual: ice breakers, get-to-know-you games, awkward silences, a lot of clapping. But everyone seems really nice and excited about what we’re about to be doing. There are 39 people in my group.

Some new things I learned about Namibia:

  • it has a large rhino population
  • namibia hosts the largest sand dunes in the world
  • don’t try and take pictures of black mambas (which, incidentally, are poisonous ambush predators that can slither up to 12 miles per hour)
  • nobody eats vegetables
  • theres a huge cheetah conservation effort going on
  • the namibian rugby team is the second best in africa, after South Africa
  • the population of namibia is smaller than the population of Houston
  • in addition to grubs, giant millipedes are a namibian specialty, yummm
Saying goodbye to my family and my friends was really hard. but every time I get sad, I remind myself that I have wanted this for 5 years, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be right now. I really really really am excited about the Peace Corps. AND yesterday I successfully completed Lesson Number One of Dealing-With-Cockroaches, at Missy’s apartment. I felt like I was already in Africa:
This afternoon, I will be beginning my 36 hour journey, so the next time I write, ill be in NAMIBIA!

3 Comments on “It’s Official”

  1. Georgia Hurst says:

    I miss you so much already Sydney! I love you and I promise to email you all the time! I know you will have the time of your life.
    Love you!
    (P.S. Never Say Never!)

  2. Aunt wendy says:

    Sydney I loved hearing from you. First pic needs to be of you eating a millipede and the second of a black mumba. Go for it honey-you can run faster. We r thinking of you on your journey today. We love u and u r so in your right place sweetie. By the way any “hot” boys on this group going to Namibia?? Kisses and hugs to you. Xoxo aw

  3. missmelissy says:

    I would like to clarify that this is the first (and hopefully only) cockroach we have seen in our apartment. I know Sydney wants everyone to believe that Philly is just a big bug jungle so that nobody ever comes to visit me again, but I would like to dispel these rumors. Also, most of the bugs remain outside.

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