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RPCV LIFE: A Journey Across Central America

I am going to attempt to post daily summaries and highlights of the Central America adventure. They obviously won't be posted in a timely or consistant manner, but hopefully I can keep my mass posts sequential. It's a roughly 2 month journey from the jungles of the Darien to the chaos of Mexico City and then onto life in the US.

Start Date: August 7, 2015
End Date: October 2015

Here we go!

Day 1  Woke up with a terrible sore throat, headache, and slight fever. Less than 24 hours after my Close of Service, I found myself in the Peace Corps office getting antibiotics for strep throat. Met with Ben afterwards to rearrange our Darien visit plans, then slept...for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Woke up at 10am, feeling human again but not great. Laid around the hostel all day until 3pm when I went to the market and mall to get some stuff for travels- shirts without holes, stains, or mold; sandals; and a Kuna headscarf. Back at hostel, made mac n cheese for dinner and repacked.

Day 3 An unev…

Homeless, Jobless, and Content

written on August 6th
Ask the Google for advice or support to reach your goal and you will be utterly overwhelmed with quotes, photos, blogs, how-to formulas, and advice. These are helpful references for life, and I love to collect the quotes. They inspire me to keep going.
In November of 2009, I started applying for the Peace Corps. Today, the 6th of August, 2015 that adventure ended. For the last 6 years, the driving force of my energy has been to reach this very moment. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been and how much I have learned. I am incredibly grateful and overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown to me by Panamanians, Americans, and fellow Volunteers. Peace Corps really is the toughest job you'll ever love.
But what happens now?
Let me be real with you for a bit. I don’t have a plan. I don’t know where I will live. I don’t really know what kind of job I want to do, and I am grateful that I qualify for medicaid for health insurance. I don’t know…