The Friday before Thanksgiving I received a call from the Peace Corps letting me know that the sector I was to work with the Kyrgyz Republic was being pulled for re-evaluation. For a frightful moment my heart stopped as I thought they were telling me my Peace Corps dream was over. Thankfully I was given three choices to consider and I spent time researching the locations and discussing options with my sounding board. After much thought and research I chose MOROCCO!
My time-frame has shifted slightly as I now don’t leave until Sept 2016. I’m very blessed that I have a job that has been willing to work with me on my timeline and is excited to have me around a little longer.
With the adjusted schedule I haven’t slowed down any (which would come as no surprise to anyone who knows me). I’m still working on packing up my keepsakes and determining what things I want to keep because they have meaning. My Amazon Wish List has been updated and I’ve searched out books on Morocco to read. I held an indoor ‘yard sale’ last weekend to sell some of my higher priced items (thanks so much to everyone who came by and contributed to my PC fund!). And I’m almost done ripping all my DVDs to my hard drive for entertainment in country.
There are many things about Morocco I’m very excited about. The culture of the country is extremely appealing to me – I feel it fits my personality. And the food! I cannot wait to dive in to the food. Then there’s the language. Or rather, languages. Moroccan Arabic is the official language and French is the second language. My plan is to start refreshing my French in January so that I’ll at least be more confident in that before learning Arabic.
I have 276 days until I leave for Morocco. Things are only going to get busier as I continue to make life altering decisions. I’m tracking things like ‘last time for that’ so watch for a future blog on my Lasts. I’m also trying to mark some things off my Kentucky Bucket List in the upcoming months so I’m sure there will be a post on that too.
In the meantime I’m content with knowing that life is full of changes and I look forward to embracing them.