I finished my PCR project on Thursday in a rush of activity and I think it all worked out well. I finished the environmental education program, a school-based Eco Club program and it will likely be funded. I also developed an environmental education strategy with recommendations for future training, projects and PCR is going to advertise for 5 new Response volunteers this summer to continue the process–so PC friends, if you want to head to Georgia for a few months over summer keep a look out. I was a little too busy towards the end, but that was mostly due to my tendency to procrastinated. Now that I’m on vacation I will try to blog, but I’m feeling a little lazy about it at the moment. My travel partner, however, appears to be a prolific blogger so you can always keep up with our travels through his blog.
We arrived in Tel Aviv on Thursday and it is lovely—perfect temperature (low 70s during the day), palm trees and trendy restaurants and bars and the best hummus I’ve ever had. I’m traveling with a current PCV in Georgia and he’s set up our stays through couch surfing, which has worked out very well so far. We’re saying with a Russian Jewish guy a block from the beach in a super cute neighborhood that reminds me of South Beach or San Diego. He’s currently cooking us breakfast, has taken us all around town and is hilarious, so this hospitality thing is clearly not limited to Georgia. Speaking of which, you can read a blog I did about that a few weeks ago for a friend’s blog here.
Our travel plan was to start in Israel, spend a week & a half here and then on to Jordan and Egypt, then I would fly out of Egypt on February 19th, but obviously that might not happen now. We’re watching the news so if it seems like Egypt is not an option, we’ll just come back to Tel Aviv and I’ll try to change my flight.
It always sucks when a revolution for democracy throws off your travel plans, but oh well.