I am typing this from the comforts of home in upstate New York! And I'm no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer - I'm officially a Returned PCV.
Last week, after completing a lot of paperwork, the 7 of us leaving on the 16th had our "pinning ceremony" with the Country Director and Peace Corps office staff.
The group of PCVs COSing.
Me with the Country Director, Jill.
That night, we flew out of Ouagadougou! There were 5 of us on the same flight. It was a long day travelling but I was glad I was with other PCVs and not by myself - I would have been so anxious alone.
After arriving at JFK and getting our luggage, we went to meet our parents! Two PCVs (or I guess Returned PCVs now!) had their parents picking them up, and two others were continuing on to the Baltimore airport.
The 5 of us at JFK.
Mom and Dad surprised me with posters and balloons! And, there was a Panera salad waiting for me in the car.
Look at the awesome poster!
After a long exhausting drive back home, I was able to collapse into MY OWN BED! It's nice to be home :-)