"But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace." - John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Big Day

Finally, it's here! The day I embark on my Peace Corps journey! It's been a long wait to get to this day (a little over a year) and I am still in shock that it's finally here! I was supposed to leave last Friday, but because I had to wait on some last minute medical tests, I had to leave a little later. So, I will be departing from the Grand Rapids airport at approximately 5 pm, and will land in Bamako, Mali at about 9 pm Thursday. As my friend Anne put it, I will be arriving in true Ajka form: fashionably late :)

General thoughts about leaving:
  • Nervous: Everyone has already been there for a couple of days and started with learning Bambara so I have to play catch up! 
  • Anxious: I was ready to leave last Friday, and can't wait for this adventure!
  • Excited: I can't wait to experience Malian culture!                                                                                
Basically, all of the above with varying degrees of each depending on the time you catch me. I promise to keep updating this blog, and will post my address as well so you can send me goodies :) In the meantime, stay classy!


  1. You're in flight.... love the idea of this Blog! Looking forward to following Ajka's Big Adventure, Renee Page

  2. I am really excited and proud for you! What an amazing experience you are going to have. Tom

  3. You're in the paper today!! Hopefully everything is going well!!


  4. AJKA! You're incredible.. best of luck! I miss you already!!