I am looking forward to this upcoming year. Although 2009 was my only full year in Honduras (2008 was just a month short), I am happy to leave behind the stresses of still being somewhat new, the political instability as a result of the June coup, and the frustrations of unsuccessful projects. I have my last few months of Peace Corps to look forward to that will be followed by a trip through Central and South America and adjusting back to life in the US. Things are looking up.
My last couple weeks of 2009 were great. My parents came to visit me again and we were able to spend a couple days in Guatemala and spend time with my friends around Ocotepeque. The girls in my Yo Merezco group made them a fancy lunch that was followed by some dancing in the library specially decorated for the occasion. They were able to visit the health center and finally got to meet the doctor I work with, but we were all disappointed not to make it to Polcho to distribute more toothpaste. It had been pouring for 24 hours and we were unable to make the trip due to the mud and growth of the rivers.
After the trip, instead of saying goodbye at the airport, I got to go home with them! I spent eight days in Davis seeing friends and spending Christmas time with my family followed by a couple more days visiting the boyfriend in Henderson, just outside of Las Vegas. I can’t believe I’m going to be done with Peace Corps in just a couple months but am looking forward to being back.
There are some pictures from Lago Atitlan in Guatemala, the lunch in Ocotepeque, and hiking in Nevada. Happy 2010 everyone!!