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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Farewell

Stephanie and I COSed in March 2013 (PC lingo for "close of service"). We traveled to Colombia for about 5 weeks afterwards, and then back to the US to start graduate school! We didn't write much at all during our third year, for a number of reasons, but perhaps we will document them one day. Archiving this blog has been on my list for a few years now, and after receiving a couple spam comments recently, I am finally getting around to it. All the posts are listed to the right, by year.

I should note that the last blog post ("In Search of Carriacous Traditional Carnival", March 10, 2012) was picked up and published by a local magazine, Truly Discover Grenada, for their 2013 volume (v.12). Every hotel in Grenada has a copy (here is a scanned version). Additionally, a year later, I submitted a blurb to the New York Times about our experience, which was featured in "Peace Corps Volunteers in Their Own Words," by Michael Roston, New York Times, July 25, 2014. I think I was the only one that wasn't complaining! Yet in that passage, there is a hint of what happened during our third year: we got jumped walking home at night, beat up and robbed at knife point, and then medically evacuated to Washington DC for two months. We returned to GND, though, and finished our service-- pulled back to the island through the great kindness shown by of our friends and coworkers that far outweighed the shadow of that one incident).

Grenada is in our hearts forever, and we have been back quite a few times since our Close of Service. My dissertation research is focused on Grenada and the prehistoric colonization of the Caribbean, so Stephanie and I are back and forth to the island quite a bit. As for our Peace Corps experience, though-- and this blog-- it's time to say farewell and good luck.


-JH