Dear Family and Friends,
Happy New Decade! We hope this letter finds you all prepared for the future. That is what is supposed to happen in 2010 right? The mainstreaming of flying cars, mind-reading computers, and teleporting machines? For an end to poverty and the eradication of disease? Or not. What is it that we as a human race have been dinking around with in the past 2010 plus a few million years? Well, we can at least send our sincere hopes that you will enter into this new decade with a refreshed spirit and a hopefulness that the world is inching its way back on track. Cheers to 2010!
It is a New Year´s Eve tradition here in Nicaragua to fashion an old man out of flammable material, then set fire to him at midnight... an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new ritual so to speak. I must admit that when the ball drops this year and we stand like pyromaniacs with matches and a can of gas in hand, we are going to be a little reluctant to set fire to this carefully crafted decade. A decade in which we have graduated, graduated and graduated again, married, purchased a house, left the country, left that country, returned to the States only to leave again, joined the Peace Corps, traveled the distance of the Americas by bus, boat and stranger’s car, been robbed, been rescued, fumbled through a new language and learned to appreciate all the embarrassment, unease and wonder that has allowed these moments to ensue.
July 2010 is our official close of service date from the Peace Corps, and as we have opted not to extend our service beyond the two years, this date marks not just the end of Peace Corps, but also an end to our devoutness to wanderlust. We have spent much of our twenties abroad, and now we are at a point where a stable life in the United States, closer to family and friends, is an appealing next step; where careers and graduate school will ultimately replace the volunteerism and undocumented employment that has sustained us for so long.
So here is to a new decade and exciting changes.
Adam and Lara