Since I’ve been in America for nearly two weeks now, Ifigure it is about time to post a new blog about my experiences thus far. The trip over here was pretty unexciting, no delays and my luggage all made it to Des Moines the same time I did. The flights were all pretty uneventful (thankfully!) except for a little bit of turbulence on the way to Atlanta. I spent most of the flight catching up on movies and TV shows, so even though it was a long flight – 16+hours, it wasn’t too boring. Even the food was pretty good. Flying into America was a bit different – I hadn’t experience the whole rub down thing, and I had never been fingerprinted to get on a plane before. But I passed all the security screenings and made it home safely.
After I made back to Des Moines, I decided my first meal would be Mexican – so we stopped at Carlos O’Kelly’s. It was a delicious first meal back – lots of cheese! We then went home and I proceeded to sleep for the next 14 hours. After resting a day at home, we went to the Iowa State Fair on Friday. It was the first time I had been to the state fair in three years; so it was great to be back and see all the changes. It was also a great chance to
eat all sorts of great fair food – a corn dog, fried dill pickles, a walking
taco, and of course lemonade. On Saturday, I went to the wedding of my freshman roommate, Klaire. This was a great chance to see lots of people from college and it was a beautiful wedding and reception. I then had a week in Corning, catching up on Law and Order and trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
Saturday, I had a chance to meet up with a couple of RPCVs from my intake who were passing through Iowa. It was fun to see people I only knew in Zambia in America – I hope
it sets a trend for the future! I then continued on to Marengo to see another former roommate, who is teaching there. It was fun to see her house and meet some of her co-workers. It was also a great chance to catch up and just hang out. We went shopping, and of course I bought way more than I should – but I figure it makes up for the last two years of only shopping at DAPP!
My agent (aka my mom) has me on a press tour of southwest Iowa. So far I have done two radio interviews and had articles and ads in the paper. I’m also hosting an open house and presentation this week for the whole community. It should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to sharing my pictures and experiences with lots of people. I’m also planning to help out with a couple of Peace Corps recruiting events at Iowa State, so it will be interesting to be meet some prospective volunteers, as well as schmooze with some RPCVs from other countries.
I leave Iowa September 20, so I have about three weeks left – and lots of fun (and good food!) is still to be had!