I have been silent on this blog for some time now. Mostly I think because I have lost interest in what I do here. I’m tired. Ready for whatever that next step may be. Let me do my best to catch you up on what has happened in the world of Peace Corps over the past few months.
- Peace Corps announced that they will be closing down 5 countries and Cape Verde was on that list. We were called one day and told that we needed to be at our consolidation point no later than noon the next day. Rumors and speculation were running wild. I did my best to calm down any first years calling me, and even jokingly said that maybe were getting evacuated. So, after 24 years in Cape Verde, Peace Corps will no longer be serving in this country. I have my serious issues with the decision to leave, but I am happy they decided to wait until September so that we can gradually phase out over 6 months or so, and so that I can complete my service in full unlike our unfortunate first year volunteers. The first year volunteers were given the option of completing their service here or continuing on to other countries. Unfortunately, one of the countries that many first year volunteers were going to serve in recently shut down due to a military coup. I believe that most of them have been sorted out. I know you guys will be great.
- I gave my first presentation to tour operators on the island. I discussed the locations of the protected areas boundaries and important wildlife that exists in the region. The presentation went well overall, but was heckled at the end during the Q&A time of my presentation by a guy whom I told I couldn’t help because he refused to do any of the work for himself. He instead expected me to write his proposal, budget, and find sponsors for an event that he couldn’t even explain (I know, ridiculous). Needless to say, it was slightly demoralizing and has stunted my enthusiasm for my job and life here.
- The whales are back and I have been assisting the Irish Whale and Dolphin group with research when the need help.
- Lizard research is also still going very well. Specimen number 100 is currently still alive in my house. I acquired an aquarium from Natura2000 to perform some controlled tests in my house with a few lizards. Observing specimen number 100 has been enlightening.
Those are a few of the things that have been going on in my life over the past few months. This blog has been much fun for me, and many times has helped me keep track of what has happened to me here. But, life moves on and we lose interest in things that once captivated us. We get bored, restless, and need change to keep us going. I am at that point and feel that I have been for some time now. I don’t regret any of my time here or how I have chosen to live during my time here. It is however, an island, and with oh so limited activities here, I must leave. This will most likely be my last blog. Thank you to everyone who has followed along with me during this adventure. Thank you to everyone who sent me packages… they were always welcomed with great enthusiasm. This is obviously only an electronic goodbye; I plan on seeing many of you back in the states and other parts of the world as soon as possible. Peace and love.