I’ve heard it from everyone whose ever done the Peace Corps, “those people will be your friends for life, they will be the only people that understand.” And it makes sense too when you think about it. These are people who are with you in some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of your life, there is bound to be a lifelong bond formed. But this post isn’t about the sentimental nature of Peace Corps friendships and how more than once we’ve had one beer and declared that we will be at each other’s weddings. It’s about the moments when you do a thing that you know you would never do in America and you envision yourself explaining it to people who knew you when and realize that there is no comprehensible reason for you to do such a thing in America. Here are a few examples for you to laugh at:
- Vomiting into a ziplock plastic bag by kerosene light because you have food poisoning and you are locked inside your house.
- Stirring peanutbutter and hot sauce into rice and beans and closing your eyes and pretending its Indian food – and then telling other PCTs about it and having them say “That sounds good I’ll try it!”
- Getting so frustrated at small children asking you your name and forgetting it that you start making things up like “Wolverine” and “Delilah”
- Opening up a care package and eating a whole sausage before you realize you weren’t even hungry
-Not finding it strange that every child in the street wants to shake your hand, know your name or hug your legs.
-That moment when you forget you are in a place with electricity and start to turn on your flashlight before realizing there is a switch.
-Waking up with a lizard on your face and having it be the funny thing that snaps you out of your bad mood.
-The fact that I am the most qualified hair dresser in our group and thus have now done several haircuts including chopping off about 6 inches of 2 girls hair