Spring is here, traces of grey winter haze diminishes by the time I leave for work. The brilliant sun is blinding, but blue open skies a refreshing relief from the hanging gloom of snowy clouds. We like the warmth, too.
There is a sense of newness in Peace Corps these days, too. After training 13 NGO volunteers in "Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation" and advising all 64 on their current needs and concerns about living in Uzbekistan, I realize how far I've come and how so very little time is left. We're no longer in such a hurry. And we have a new Country Director, too, who will be visiting the Ferghana Valley later this week. We like the attention. Oh, by the way, our Regional Security Officer decided that we can afford to place 5 new volunteers in the Ferghana Valley region - one from each technical group: NGO, Health, University-Secondary-Elementary TEFL. We won't be so lonely after all.
Hopefully, this is a sign of thawing of relationships between the administration and volunteers, too. We'd all like that very much.