Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm Leaving?

June is drawing to a close. As July begins, I've come to notice that the number of my fellow Peace Corps volunteers has dropped dramatically. The M21 group, my group, is clearing out and making way for the new batch of volunteers (M23).

The first M21s to return to North America left over a month ago. They've already begun finding jobs, buying cars, renting apartments and taking college classes. They're so completely separated from what they were just a month ago. Most of the English teaching volunteers left Mongolia in mid-June. A lot of them went straight home, but others are traveling the globe in search of beaches and forests. It's really a very short time before I join them. I officially finish my service on July 31st and should land in Egypt just hours after I sign the last piece of paperwork. But despite all that, it still hasn't really sunk in that I'm moving, that I'm leaving this country to settle into a brand new place for the foreseeable future.

I've turned in my paper work, found my plane ticket out of Mongolia and my plane ticket back to the States, I've applied to grad school and signed my assistantship contract, so why doesn't it feel real yet? Why does it feel like everyone is just on vacation and that I'll see them all in UB again soon?

I guess maybe I'm one of those strange people that can't imagine the future until it arrives. I can't anticipate being gone until my last bag is packed and I'm standing at the airport waving good bye to my home for these last two years.

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