Well, not home as in comfy bed, bathroom complete with bath and western toilet, air-conditioning, car, nearby supermarket, and people speaking English without an accent home, but home nonetheless. I have arrived at my site in Chaiyaphum and have settled in with my new home-stay family, met my co-workers at my new school, officially spoken publicly at the opening ceremonies for my district's Sports Day (three days, rather), had meetings with the people who run the local health clinic, spoken briefly with all of the local village heads, and had an official meeting with the district official.
My home doesn't have internet and there has been a lot to do out in the community, so I'm only now getting the opportunity to update. It seems there is far to much to pack into one post, but I'll do my best to give a feel of what the past few weeks have been like.
Swearing in was a special day, and I should probably devote more time to it, but I'll give you this snapshot for now. I listened proudly to the history of Peace Corps, its long-standing presence in Thailand, words of encouragement and inspiration from our PC Country Director, and the US Ambassador, as well as carefully written and wonderfully executed speeches by two of my fellow volunteers about our journeys thus far. We all rose and swore in as a collective unit. I felt the 13 year old girl in me jump for joy as her dreams were being realized, and the 30 year old in me filled with wonder at this exciting new world of opportunity that was about to be opened before me.
The day for officially swearing in as a Peace Corps Volunteer has arrived!
Baan Wan Baan (aka Home Sweet Home)
Thus far, life is good, and I promise more posts soon.