25 Apr Hopping Home: Our Return from Peace Corps Jamaica
Change is Coming
In four short days, we start a new chapter in our lives. After over two years living in rural Jamaica as Peace Corps Volunteers, our assignment has come to an end. It’s time to return to the States.
When we signed up for Peace Corps, we made an intentional choice to really spend the time separate from the life we knew at home. In other words, we have not been home in two years. Instead, we used that money we would have spent flying home, to explore Jamaica and other new places (like Montreal). And we relied on our friends and family to come and keep us company in Jamaica from time to time.
We’ve been plotting our trip home for almost as long as we’ve been in Peace Corps. Lately, a lot people have been asking: What’s next for you? What is the first thing you’re going to do when you get home? For us, the answer to that is two-fold: 1) spend time with family and friends and 2) travel.
Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to drive, so Jedd has been itching to spend some time behind the wheel. Lucky for him, one-way car rentals out of Florida are super cheap this time of year, hence, the road trip.
Thanks to a generous friend with airline connections, we’re flying standby to Orlando and staying nearby with Jedd’s cousins who recently had their first baby. Their cute little daughter’s picture has been hanging on our wall here in Jamaica, and we’re excited to finally meet her!
Next, we’ll be driving up to Atlanta. Although we’re only staying one night- with a connection we actually made here in Jamaica- we’re hoping to have time to check out Serenbe, an intentionally-designed, sustainable living community just south of ATL.
On our way to see two of our very best friends in Nashville, we plan to make a short detour to Birmingham to visit one of our fellow Peace Corps Volunteers. He’s been non-stop about how great his city is, so we figured we should get a hometown tour.
After a couple nights in Nashville, which will include seeing one of our friend’s live concerts, we drive over to Memphis to stay with my youngest brother.
The final stop on our drive is up in Chicago, where my other brother and sister-in-law live. From there we fly to Portland, stay with Jedd’s brother and sister-in-law. And then head down to Salem, Oregon and soon after, Oahu, to reconnect with both of our parents.
We are so excited to see everyone again, to be back on the road exploring, and even to live out of a suitcase once more!
Many of the places we are going will be completely new to us, so if you have suggestions of (cheap) things to see or do, please share. We’ll be posting updates along the way. Until then, we’re trying to make the most of our last few days in Jamaica!
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