The beginning

I’m writing a blog! This is a blog!! YAY ME!

Alright, first of all, I have no idea how often I’ll be able to update this blog. I don’t even know if this is the right platform for my purposes. But for now, I like it, and intend to update this blog.

For those of you who don’t know the full story, I’m going to Tanzania to serve for Peace Corps as a Secondary Science Educator. This is a 27 month tour with the first 3 months (starting tomorrow) being a training period and the following 2 years being my actual period of service. The first 3 months will be spent learning Swahili, learning about how to stay safe and secure, living with a host family, and generally learning about how to be a part of the greater Tanzanian culture. Following this period, I will be sent to a rural village in Tanzania to live alone and teach in the local secondary school.

Now that the logistics are out of the way, I wanted to make this first blog post about you. YES! YOU!

On my lovely 14 hour flight from NY to South Africa I realized I wasn’t scared. Like zero percent. Now, I know that’ll change soon, but I was surprised at how comfortable I was. I wanted to know why that was. Because, what the hell? Shouldn’t I be afraid? Shouldn’t I be worried? Am I broken? But shortly thereafter I realized I feel so content and comfortable because of all the love and support expressed and shown by YOU. You, all of my loved ones. My family, my friends, my friends of family, etc. All of you have shown your unwavering support and understanding for what I’m doing. I feel as if I’m bringing a community with me. I don’t feel as if I’m going alone. And yes, I do realize that I’m going with a group of 60 PCTs (WOAH!) to educate in Tanzania, but still. When I’m alone, when I’m pondering existence, all of you wonderful people pop into my mind. I think about the memories we share, our common interests, and most importantly, what you’d tell me to support me in that moment. So, thank you. Thank you so much for being a part of my life and making this experience possible for me. Because, honestly, without all of you I don’t think I’d be able to do this.

I promise my future posts will be a little more informational, and hopefully more interesting. This sappy stuff gets old fast.

Lot’s of love,

Aleksandr

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