I know I’ve been silent the past few weeks, and there’s a very good reason for that. You see, I’ve been in the USA!
I’ve known for a few months that I would be going home to Iowa in July/August, but I chose to keep it a secret so I could surprise all my friends and family, primarily my father. Only my Mom and sister were in on the surprise. On the 25th of July, I border my flight in Johannesburg, landing back home in Iowa on the 26th, where my Mom kept me sequestered at home for the day. On the 27th, my Mom and I drove to meet my Dad at the end of RAGBRAI, which is a bike ride across Iowa. I surprised him at the finish line, which was an incredible experience. He certainly didn’t expect to see his daughter from South Africa at the end of RAGBRAI….speechless for sure!!
Since then I’ve been enjoying life in the States. I have a month at home before I head back for my third year of service, designated Home Leave by Peace Corps. PC bought my ticket and granted me 30 days of leave, which I am exceedingly grateful for. Good food, family, friends, and all the familiarity of home….I’ll post some pictures in the coming days!