Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back on the Upswing

So I know that my last post was probably a bit of a downer but it was how I was feeling at the time and I wanted to be honest with all of you. The large majority of you who are reading this blog are my closest friends and family and I feel an obligation to you to be open, honest and straight forward in these posts. As I have previously written, my 27 month journey here will be filled with plenty of highs and lows and i am prepared for that ride (at least to the best of my ability) and i hope that you all are as well. So with that said...things are looking up once again. I knew they would, I really only had one and a half bad days but they really sucked and I needed for something good to happen..and it did! Really it was something i did for myself. i decided I needed to change how I viewed my language training, change up the way i study and have a talk with my language teacher--all 3 decisions have proven to be fruitful and I am feeling much better about Russian than I did earlier in the week. Don't get me wrong...it's still unbelievably difficult for me, but I am here and not going anywhere soon so I figure a positive approach probably will work out better for me. so far so good.

Also had a great visit to Kiev (Kyiv) yesterday. We spent about 9 hours walking around the city, people watching, visiting the Peace corps offices and generally not using our brains...felt great. It may sound strange, but being in Kiev made me feel much farther away from home than being in my small town does. Just an observation...nothing bad...thankfully i really haven't had a bout of homesickness yet and hope that i dont for sometime. 3 or 4 volunteers have already headed back to the states so I know not everyone has been able to remain free from those feelings. Thankfully i am surrounded by good people here so I am confident the next 2 months should remain fairly pain free (with the exception of russian class of course).

Alright...as usual i am running short on time and need to get going but I miss you all (in a good way) and look forward to getting a chance to respond to some of the emails I have been getting. Again...please be patient...I beg of you. Oh, one question...is Kwame still in office? I cannot imagine that's even possible but knowing Detroit I am fairly confident I know the answer. Das vidanya...

3 comments:

Muzachary said...

Yep, Kwame's still here. I predict he'll hang in until the end of his office.

Anonymous said...

Jordan,

You are so insightful and introspective. I love reading your blogs. You are truly doing a wonderful thing, for others as well as for yourself. Nothing we do in life is free from having to deal with great emotions, and unfortunately the not so great ones. You are growing as a person and it takes a lot of tenacity, determination, and committment to yourself and others. Be strong, my friend.

Love, Karen

Joshua said...

Whenever you get homesick I would try and remember how shitty things can be here. The Weather is starting to get muggy already and Kwame is still around. Oh yeah and as if things couldn't get worse, Hilary Clinton seems to be surging. Apparently she has proven once again that bashing your oppenent is the most succesfull way to run a campaign. Hopefully when it's all said and done the Republicans will win the office, the U.S. will continue their downward economic spiral, the environment will only get worse and Americans will still be more familiar with the name Paris Hilton than Thomas Jefferson. At least we always have the economic stimulus package and Hilary will be able to rest at night knowing that she never gave up!