Last Entry From SA
Well this is it. Today at 8:00PM I leave for the airport and I fly out just before midnight (see previously posted flight schedule). It will take me about thirty travelling hours to get home including layovers, but as I gain 7 hours in the process of flying West I will actually get home late Saturday night Eastern Standard Time. I guess the long travelling time is the price to pay in order to be home in time for Thanksgiving.
All of my Peace Corps requirements are done now as I had my exit interview with the country director on Wednesday afternoon. Lisa (our country director) was very complimentary about me and my service and I offered her my input to her for future volunteers. Wednesday night we all went as a group to this nice restaurant to have our last meal together and the food was really good and we had some great conversations about everyone's experiences. Yesterday, since I had a free day I booked myself through the backpackers for a trip to the apartheid museum and Soweto. The museum was a really fascinating look at how apartheid started and developed through the last century all the way through its deconstruction and the first democratic elections in 1994. We then went to Soweto where 5 million people live in neighbourhoods ranging from million dollar homes all the way down to squatter camps. It was nice to see signs of the rise of the black middle class, but still a reminder of how much work there is left to be done in South Africa. We also went to the Hector Pieterson museum in honour of one of the students who was killed by police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings in protest against Bantu education (inferior education designed by the apartheid government for blacks). Hector was only 13 years old when he died and the museum is a memorial to him and the other students who died in the uprisings.
I hope that I will be able to post again once I am home, but we'll see how much jetlag I have first before I hake any guarantees. I will see many of you at Thanksgiving in NY, and I also hope to be able to make a trip to Maryland/DC/Virginia sometime to see my ex roommates Kelly and Danielle. I'll keep you notified. Anyway wish me luck on the long journey home and pray that myself and all my baggage gets there in one piece. There have definately been ups and downs, but all in all the past 2 years have been a great experience for me and a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge about the world. Thank you all for your support during the past 2 years and I will see you soon!