Back in the USA
So I have officially finished my Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan, and after serving exactly two years (I swore in as a volunteer on December 1, 2004 and officially closed my service on December 2, 2006) I proudly have my Peace Corps completion certificate hanging on my wall at my parents house. Yes, I have to confess: I am 28 and living with my parents – but really! It’s not what it seems, I’m in transition, going places and just happen to need a place to stay to save up some money before moving on – really.
Ok, so the news going around is, I got accepted into Georgetown University’s MBA program, so I’ll be moving to Washington, DC this summer to settle in before beginning a new life as a grad student in the big city. I am VERY excited. I actually applied to Georgetown’s dual MBA/MSFS (Master of Science in Foreign Service) degree, but I won’t find out if I’m accepted into the MSFS program until the end of March. Regardless, I will still go to business school in the fall and reapply for the dual program next year if I’m not accepted this year. I’m really not worried about it, I think with my interesting background I have a good fighting chance of getting in and even perhaps getting one of those coveted fellowships.
What I’ve been up to.
I left Kyrgyzstan on December 4th and flew to Italy, via a 12 hour layover in Moscow, to visit some dear friends I had worked with when I was a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Japan from 2002 until 2004, up till right before I joined the Peace Corps. Shirley (my dear friend) was also a CIR from Scotland, who started a year later than me and stayed in Japan for two more years after I left with her Italian husband. Well, she finished her contract in Japan a few months before I finished mine in Kyrgyzstan and she moved to Italy with her husband and I decided to go visit them and add Italy to the growing list of countries I’ve visited. So I went and had a great time. They live in a small town called Sergno, which is located about an hour by train from Milan. I stayed with them for a week and we hung out, reminisced about Japan (ate Japanese food) and went sight seeing to Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Rome (although I visited Rome alone for two days). I was surprised to find out that pizza is more popular in Italy than in the States, and very pleasantly surprised to find out how delicious and cheap the coffee was. I had my cappuccino everyday without even putting a dent in my Italy fund. Having wine every single day was another interesting, yet delightful ritual. I think my favorite place was Verona – it was soooooo charming! I just loved it! Aside from the charm factor, I would have to say that Rome was equally amazing it was one of the first times ever, that I honestly wished I could come back to see more – someday! (I did throw my coin into the Fountain of Trevi, so there is hope.)
After Italy, I flew to Washington, DC to interview at Georgetown’s Business School and one of my girlfriends from high school (Becky) flew out from Seattle to spend a week sight seeing in the Capitol with me. After visiting other major capitols in the world (Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, London, Rome, etc.), I decided it was time for me to finally visit my own country’s national capitol and see the major monuments. Anyways, I had a great time, and so did Becky and am grateful that I had the chance to interview, sightsee and visit with an old friend all at once.