At first, she didn’t see me, which was kind of funny in the moment, but eventually we found each other and, per Allard family tradition, both started crying.
Our Reconnect conference provided us opportunity to reconnect with familiarities, reevaluate purposes and goals, and rejuvenate the sense of adventure that brought us here in the first place.
“Be patient. The change you want to see in the world will not happen right away.”
Peace Corps life can absolutely be lonely, but PCVs are never truly alone.
As a Mother’s Day tribute, I thought I’d try to explain a little bit of Peace Corps journey my mom unknowingly embarked on when I boarded that plane in January.
The word "bpai-tiao" means "travel" or "visit" in Thai, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite words to hear and use, simply because it means seeing and experiencing new places.
In a very official and goosebump-ey fashion, we raised our right hands and recited the oath that more than 5,000 others in Thailand have taken before us.
Just like that, we found ourselves in the final week of PST. WHOA!
We had a whole plan of how we wanted things to work that afternoon, but quickly realized we should just go with the flow and let things happen as they do. As all this was going on, I coined our project’s tagline - “just roll with it”!
Our 30 hours in Bangkok would not only be our first taste of freedom, but it'd also be our first opportunity to show the world our knees and shoulders!
The seventh week of PST was a bittersweet one, as we said goodbye to our practicum classes. Well, sort of.