Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Update from Gambia

Hey Avid Readers

I have another bit of an update to share from Gambia.


As I have now been in Kombo for the past 10 days working on getting medical clearance for my extension to Jordan, the medical office has come across a few "snags" that are going to require me to see some specialists back in the States. It's nothing serious, but serious enough that the PC medical office wants it to be "resolved" before I begin my extension to Jordan. In order to not risk NOT going to Jordan, they prefer for me to come back to the States to get it resolved as soon as possible.

This means that after hanging out in Kombo for the past week and a half, I will FINALLY be going back to Chargel tomorrow, where I can spend my last few days hanging out with the village that has become my Gambian family, and Khiva.

Peace Corps will pick me up from Chargel in a few days and bring me back to Kombo where I will finish out some last-minute paper work and such. Then I will be on my way back!

This isn't exactly what one plans for or prepares for, but I'm glad to know that this will get taken care of sooner than later and not hold up my ability to extend.

So...one could say this has been a bit of a full week, with tests, more tests, and emotional ups and downs. But I'm glad to have some clarity of what is going to happen next. I guess, when it comes down to it, it would be a disservice to my time in Gambia to not use this time to appreciate some of the lessons I have learned here...such as taking each day as it is, one day at a time. And to appreciate how close I have become with my friends in Chargel. I guess, in the end, it's bitter sweet that it will be so hard to leave this place that has become my home.

You can be looking forward to one final blog entry from Gambia next week when I am back in town...and on my way out.

Until then, I wish you only the best!