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David Nadelman's Cape Verde Peace Corps Experience

David Nadelman's Cape Verde Peace Corps Experience

"My leaving is getting closer every single minute. I am not ready at all, I have not packed, I do not have a duffle bag, I only have half of the recommended packing list. The Peace Corps limits the amount of baggage to 80 pounds, anything over that you have to pay for at the airport. I am guessing that I will have nearly 300 pounds if I bring everything that my mother has strongly recommended, those objects include a heavy ration of guilt, seventy five different types of medication, and a complete kitchen set."

David Nadelman's Cape Verde Peace Corps Experience

Saturday, July 02, 2005
A Rash


So now I am in the final rounds of the world longest goodbye session. I feel pretty popular right now; people have been professing their love for me of late which I will remind them of often when I get back.

This forth of July I plan to drink myself into a stupor and wake up on the day of my departure to Philadelphia in a haze. At which point I will start meeting the other do-gooders and making them wonder if Iím on methadone when I slowly begin nodding out in the middle of their long winded explanation of why they decided to join the Peace Corps which I can assume will have something to do with counteracting the evil deeds that are being committed by corporate America and the Bush administration, at which point I will tell them that not only did I vote for George (a lie) but I also wrote Jesus Christ in for the Vice President slot. It is not my point to alienate these folks but I have a habit of telling complete strangers every detail of my life within the first twenty minutes that I meet them which is not only exhausting but I can actually see them making a mental note not to trust me when we begin our ďfriendship fallsĒ when the team building exercises ensue right after we get off the plane.

I realize that I sound less than enthusiastic about this trip. The reason being that I applied for this opportunity last August and have been told that I canít go, and then I can go, I would be going here and then there and yada-yada. I think that Iíll be excited when I get on the plane.

My itinerary looks like this, on July 5th I leave Boston heading for Philadelphia where I will get my shots and meet the other folks that are going with me to the Island. I believe that their will be approximately 30 other volunteers. This is what they call the orientation; essentially it will be used to make sure that no one is absolutely outwardly ape-shit insane. On July 7th I leave Philadelphia on a bus to some airport that escapes me in the New York/ New Jersey area. Then with my excessive amount of utterly useless crap I will board a plane with a one way ticket to Dakar Senegal. We have a 3 hour lay-over and then head to Cabo Verde. I promise that my next entry will be less sarcastic and bitter unless thatís the mood that Iím in and the magic eight ball says thatís likely.

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