Saturday, December 29, 2012

Some brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east says "dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least"

the beach at Inhassoro (that would be five minutes from my house)
In case you haven't heard, I made my way back to Sequim for a Christmas surprise . . . unbeknownst to my family and most friends (besides Aunt Mary who is the best secret keeper in the world) I traveled from Maputo to Johannesburg to Dubai to Seattle (flying over the North Pole) and arrived home on the 19th.

Being home has been wonderful (besides the whole re-introduction to dairy thing . . . it's quite possible that my stomach hates me more here than it did in Mozambique), but I think when I head back I'll definitely be ready for year two and all it holds. While I feel like I have a lot more things going on outside of my PC activities this upcoming year - LSATs, law school applications, figuring out my life, etc - I am very excited to jump into the school year and actually (more or less) know what I'm doing. We got a chance to look at the theoretical school calendar for next year and it even looks like (due to our PC calendar and close-of-service dates) I'll be missing some if not all of the national exams. Which makes me VERY happy as that was the part of the year that created a lot of unnecessary stress and general frustration with the system.

Since I generally fail at uploading pictures, here are some various photos from my year in Inhassoro. My two New Year's Resolutions are to 1) take more pictures  and 2) update my blog more frequently. Since I'll have to use my computer a lot more next year for LSAT/application stuff, I'm hoping that 2013 will be much more blog-filled than 2012.

Happy New Year!
Baby Portuguese Man-o-War

My first Yale shirt sighting in Moz - YAY!

Laurie and I are pretty skilled at Moz cooking

Transportation in Moz is not a walk in the park

Vilankulo is kind of pretty

Some students from chemistry . . . just chilling on my doorstep per usual

We do have animals in Moz!

I made it up to Pemba (northern moz)
Teachers' Day began with a morning exercise walk. Which was simultaneously awkward and hilarious

Preschoolers in my front yard