The latest step in Peace Corps-Namibia’s “dance of the veils” occurred this afternoon. We all learned where we will shadow a current volunteer for a few days next week.
While some of my colleagues will (hitch)hike for hundreds of kilometers to their shadow locations, I’ll have a short trip to the capital city of Windhoek from Wednesday through Sunday. My shadow-host will be Andy – another grey-haired former IBMer who lived on a sailboat in the Bay Area before moving here last year. We have a lot of crossed paths to discuss.
Though it’s less than an hour’s drive away, our busy schedule and short leash have meant that we’ve not been out of Okahandja since our day-long visit to Windhoek 3½ weeks ago (when this photo was taken at Heroes Acre). It’ll be nice to stretch our wings a bit and see new sights.
As exciting as this news is for us, it will be easily overshadowed by the big reveal tomorrow: when we learn of our permanent post locations. After many months of mulling over, applying to, getting cleared, making arrangements, packing for, traveling to and training in Namibia…
… in <24 hours I will know where I’ll spend the next >24 months of my life: my “site.” Now that’s exciting and you should be excited, too – for then you’ll know where to plan your trips to come visit me in Africa!