PICTURES: In our Nigerien best …………………..Me being distracted by the pretty leaves of the wolf tree right before Josh proposed………………………………………………………
I am in a new home
Little or no appalacian language skills
No jingle in my pocket,
And every step away from home is one step farther away from the comforts of
My new makeshift one.
Peace Corps Redux, the domestic deployment.
Has it only been a week?
Time does not fly when stuck to the throwback orange fireball of couch and though my
tiny sporadic burst escaping the gravity field were short each were enjoyable.
Mountain drives, Bone scans, jams with new folk, and sampling many a new varities of quality
Ales were just the right treats. Even managed a couple dates with the misses.
Last week had its high and lows, Its a rough transition, no friends new home, and living with someone I love, but hardly know….
Hello we are spending the rest of our lives together, you fart in your sleep?
Man it scary when you finally get what you asked for, so I guess its natural to have a couple
Discharges of the "Oh Shits!"
I guess though with any major life change the feeling is to be nervous, or on emotionally a
Little on edge. Today I talked with the future home maker and was relieved to hear that she was
Even feeling the same way.
Listen 1 of getting engaged, get comfortable with thinking over and over and over,
Was this the right choice, what if, what if, if she, if I, if we, aaaaaagh!!!
But no worries, there is a break in every storm.
Today I woke, feeling more relaxed, less sore, and definitely ready to start charting my own
Trail through Charlottesville.
So I walked and explored for the closest bus stops, found a new place to play mandolin near a local community pond, and then went out to shoot hoops and swim a couple laps. Slowly Slowly.
While the storm pauses its time to get situated and find my way.
I think everything is going to be just fine.
36 Days since the accident
16 Days since Leaving Niger
15 Days in America
3 Days Since becoming engaged to the Future Misses Anderson
2 Days in Charlottesville Virginia
? Days left in America
? Days until Leaving for Niger
?Days until returning from Niger
? Days until Cat' and I are married
…….loving every single day?
As you can no doubt gather this stumble around the world threw us all a little off course.
Can you believe I am all the way in Charlottesville with Cat'! Meow I am loving this place
and its only day two.
Though I have not reconned the entire city what little I have seen, been to, and done has
shown me that C'ville indeed as Dickson said would be the place for me.
Since dropping in on an unsuspecting college town I have been slowly gathering intel
pointing me toward numerous objectives, and like a guerilla blugrasser/outdoorsman/bush wacker
waiting for his chance to strike, I fully anticipate when healthy to be partaking in all types of mayhem.
There's mountians in the near distance, rivers so close I can feel their presence in my veins, mountainbiking, National Forrest, Camping,musicfoodculture….and best of all my future Misses.
And I want to go back to Niger?
four -five months tops.
Then winter sports in the mountains!!!!
Skiing, Never done it, I will.
Looking into honing the music already met some UVA professors and started playing with them
Work, maybe, looking into that.
As good as times are I admit there there are little bumps
Nothing big but there is a huge contrast between living in an African village versus an American apartment complex.
My ears perk eager to hear the sounds of animals foraging at my doorstep, but disappointedly only hear the shrieking weed eaters and chomping lawn mowers polluting my listening space.
Such a short span of time to adjust.
So the adjustment is mainly cultural.
The love nest Cat' has made is wonderful. Its artistic, cultured, comfy and hints at an eccentric's presence.
Our first night alone alone without anyone around was wonderful. Its comical but yesterday was the first time we have been on the same continent alone without sharing a hostel, house, or car, with loads of other people.
None the less we have never done normal couple things!
For example yesterday we ran errands in our lazy Sunday's and laughed with each other at dusk on the back patio sharing a couple drinks, dinner and laughs.
And today is Cat's birfday!!!
Back is sore , and finally tomorrow I am having my first doctors appointment!!!
Okay that's all the noise from this end, I am going to rest and do some healing.
Alright gang, minutes away from packing up my computer and taking off for another skip halfway around the world.
Spent all day packing, and resting up for the very long journey, I am feeling much better it seems the upcoming trek back will be just the right medicine to dispose of this sterile environment and mixing it up back in my elements.
Catch ya all back in the world.