Back Home Again In Indiana (For Now)

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Apr 06, 2008

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Hello and greetings from our great nation!!  How is everyone?  I am finally stateside again and thought I would update the old blog.  A little while before I left the DR I started an entry and never finished it, hence the last unfinished blog.  But, I did indeed make it back to America in one piece, more or less.  I sent Stella home home on a cargo flight about a week ahead of myself and it was quite an experience.  After a classic Dominican poor customer service episode I ended up in a screaming fight (in Spanish, of course) with the Continental cargo employees in the Santiago airport and finally took my dog and marched over to American Airlines, where things went a little bit better.  After a traumatic 36 hours in transit, my mom rescued Stella from the airport in Indy and took her to her new home.  She has adjusted really well and made fast friends with Genevieve.  A week after Stella's great emigration to the US, I boarded a plane myself and came home.  It has been great to catch up with family and friends, eat lots of delicious food, and replenish my Dominican wardrobe, but it was a hard adjustment at first.  I felt kind of at odds, missing the DR, and not knowing what to do with myself.  I have settled in a little bit and am keeping busy, and things are good.  I was able to go to Washington DC/Virginia to visit Lindsay and Christina, two of my closest friends from Peace Corps.  I also went to Michigan to visit the family  and see  grandma for Mother's day.  I have trips planned in the upcoming months to visit Paula in Chicago, Clare and Andrew in Columbus, check out Portland, OR, and go to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.  I accepted an admissions offer from Pacific University, which is outside of Portland.  I will be starting a bilingual doctoral program in clinical psychology, which should keep me occupied for the next . . . oh . . .let's say five years.  I am really excited about the program and have been impressed by the faculty and the school in general.  I will be moving westward later in the summer (probably July) and am going to live with my friend Lindsay from PC.  She lived in Portland for five years so it will be nice to have a friend who knows the area.  We will be caravaning across the country, Oregon trail style, although I will be driving a Subaru and not a Conestoga wagon.  Let's just hope I do better than bare-bones rations and a grueling pace. 

Other than traveling and planning my next great adventure, I am doing lots of running and swimming in preparation for my first-ever triathlon in Bend, OR, this summer!  I ran the Indianapolis 500 festival mini marathon (a half marathon) and I was pretty happy with my time.  It actually felt almost too easy so I am going to push it more in my next race and try to shave 5 minutes off my time.  To see a picture from the race, copy this address and paste it into your browser:

In addition to the triathlon, I am planning to do a relay marathon with a team of 4 in Portland and another half marathon in October.  I am (somewhat) gainfully employed (by my mother) to keep the cash rolling in until I move so that takes up a good part of my days, and I also bake lots of delicious homemade granola, read, and spend time with my friends who are left here in Indy to fill up the hours.  I am still not ready for a full time work schedule, so this is a good transition time before I go back to school. 

That is about all that is going on with me these days.  I hope you are all well.  It has been great to see some of you, and for those of you who I haven't seen yet, I hope to catch up soon!
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