Today marks the anniversary of our arrival to Mexico. One year ago today, we were boarding a plane in Washington, D.C. with our official Peace Corps passports in hand. We feigned confidence as the plane leaped into the air; we really had no idea what our lives would resemble as we left our native soil. I just happened to share this experience with a person who would end up being my cuata, Jessica. Just last week we giggled about our funny conversations on the plane down. We did not know the Mexico that we know now — we did not even know Spanish!
Imagine the nerves getting through customs without any help from Peace Corps staff. Imagine the relief meeting Dan Evans, our Country Director, who met us in Mexico City and bused back with us to Querétaro.
Every moment we had on the three hour bus ride was electrified. I distinctly remember trying to soak every imagine into my brain; in reality, I had to take every moment for what it was because we had no idea where we were headed. Every sight and sound of Mexico surprised and overwhelmed me. This question kept repeating in my head: Will this be like my new home?!
We arrived into Querétaro and crashed at a hotel that night. The next day would be our first day of training and meeting our host family. You can read up on what happened next by reading our first blog post from Mexico: Nuestra Hacendita y Vida. Now, I would like to welcome the next environmental training group to Mexico! They’re moving in with their host families today and training starts full swing on Monday. Good luck PCM-15!!! We’re all rootin’ for ya!
Thanks to everyone who has come to visit us, mailed letters or packages, or kept in touch with us while we’re on our Peace Corps journey. It has been a wild ride so far, but it certainly has been vale la pena. I will close with a remark from our President and founder of Peace Corps…
“Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.
But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.” — John F. Kennedy