Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!

Today is my last day at the office where I have worked at the Arandis Town Council for the past 2 1/2 years. It hasn’t always been easy – but it has always been rewarding. Above my desk, every day, I used this poem for inspiration. Attributed to the philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BC, it encapsulates for me the primary objective of Peace Corps around the world. Continue reading “Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!”

An abundance of gratitude…

This past weekend was most special! Bringing together so many of my favorite people in Namibia! Colleagues from work, clients, Namibian friends and fellow PCVs joined me Friday night to celebrate my farewell – an experience I will never forget! Some of them agreed to be caught in these photos and many others graciously made entries in my Memory Book. (I can’t bring myself to go through that one until I’m on the airplane in 10 days’ time.)

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Images of Life in Namibia

This is a long post, but made up only of photos and captions so I hope you find it fun and easy to go through during this busy time of year. You’ll see a bit about the work I’m doing and a lot from life in and around my home and some recent travels.

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Welcome to Arandis!

It’s been a long time since my last post and 5 weeks since I moved to my new home in the small desert town of Arandis, Erongo Region, Namibia.

I’m working at the Town Council as its Local Economic Development Specialist and am settling into both home life and work life here. The days race by at lightspeed and all my energy has been expended on integrating with my colleagues and new community.

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Breaking News: I’ll be living in Arandis

The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going more than why.
The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going, not why.
Lots of smiles and laughter and "Oh, wow! Where's that?" questions.
Lots of smiles and laughter and “Oh, wow! Where’s that?” questions.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Joel's Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
Joel’s Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
My "client," the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure in my site information package.
My “client,” the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure for my site information package. I’ll be working with the CEO.