Chewey's Leaving on a Jet Plane

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    Mar 07, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    Well, actually I do know when I'm coming back again. And I also don't hate to go. Perhaps that title's not so apropos.

    I finally found out today when I'm leaving for the Peace Corps and where I'm going.

    On May 27, I'm headed off to Armenia to do environmental education for two years. A lot of the work I'll be doing will involve working with small communities, groups, and NGOs to promote environmental awareness in order to help the country move towards more environmentally sustainable living. I couldn't be more excited.

    Between now and then I've got a lot to do. Now that I know where I'm going, I've got even more paperwork to fill out, a flight to my staging area to make, and a lot of reading to do. I'm going to do as much as possible to acquaint myself with Armenian history and culture, as well as to begin to familiarize myself with the language. I'd love to go in with some linguistic skills already so that I can get as much work done as possible while I'm there.

    Some pictures of where I'll be going.

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    Armenia_Church.jpg

    Only three months until I'm out of Idaho!
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    Mar 07, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    Peace Corps? Awesome. Let us know what you learn about Armenia while you research it.
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:30 AM GMT
    Good Luck Chewey but just be careful and watch your back!

    l am just over the border as they say so if you fancy a visit let me know.
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    Kebab saidGood Luck Chewey but just be careful and watch your back!

    l am just over the border as they say so if you fancy a visit let me know.


    Oh sweet, hell yeah. I'm sure I'll be visiting Turkey when I get time to travel.
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    Hurrah for Chewey! He so rocks icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    Yeah, have a good one there Chewey, and we'll miss you as I doubt you'll have all that much time for things like this, but should be a really great experience.

    Aside from the buildings the scenary doesn't look all that different than parts of Idaho, so you should feel right at homeicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    Chewey,

    This looks very exciting. I'm sure it's going to be a great experience. Good luck with the language...I have two very good Armenian friends and they tell me it isn't easy...but you're smart, you'll master it.

    You better send regular dispatches!

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:25 AM GMT
    Chewey,

    You should do a photo essay as you go along, on any of the common blog / myspace / facebook sites, or, contact me, and I'll comp you a site on our facilities.

    You have some great pictures.
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:31 AM GMT
    Chewey, that's really exciting! Back in college, I had a friend who worked with the Peace Corps in Chad, and despite the location thought it was a great experience. So I'm certain you're going to have a blast icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 8:01 AM GMT
    i'm so jealous.
    fuck i need to look into this.
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    Mar 07, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidChewey,

    You should do a photo essay as you go along, on any of the common blog / myspace / facebook sites, or, contact me, and I'll comp you a site on our facilities.

    You have some great pictures.


    I'm certain that I'll be starting up a public blog, likely on Blogspot, before I go. While I don't know how often I'll be able to update it, I've determined that I'm going to keep a paper journal (for the first time in my life) while I'm there. That way, I can flip through when I get internet access and report on the most interesting stuff. I'm also taking my digicam and buying a portable external HD, so I look forward to sharing many pictures whenever I get the chance. I'm also thinking of leaving my account info with a friend back here in the states if I determine that internet access is going to be rare enough that it would just be easier to write to someone and have them post for me.

    However I do it, I will make damn sure to keep in contact while I'm serving.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:51 AM GMT
    Why am I envisioning the entire RealJock village coming out to see you off and it looks like something out of Borat?!

    Glad to hear you finally got your assignment and it's in such a fascinating place!
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:15 AM GMT
    Good luck chewey and stay safe.

    Got a friend in Romania. Not that far.

    And I have to say *phew* It's not Zimbabwe. LOL
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    Mar 07, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    Best of luck with the Peace Corps.. I've had a few friends that had been in it and even though they had allbeen to different places, they all said it was the best experience of their lives.
    One of them is in Africa right now teaching AIDS education.
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    Mar 07, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    Menak parov, Chewey!
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    Mar 07, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    Chewey

    Please stay in contact and let us know how to read your blog

    Good Luck
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    Mar 07, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    Best wishes for a great adventure, Chewey! I expect that this experience will add so much to your life. Your perspective on the world and your own life will be so greatly enhanced for the rest of your life.
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    Mar 07, 2008 2:56 PM GMT
    Hey Chewey_Delt sounds like a real adventure. An interesting part of the world to say the least. Keep safe, and hopefully the primitiveness will not bother you too much.
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    Sounds great! Keep us posted will ya? I'd like to go do this someday (probably India).
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    I studied a little Armenian history for kicks a few years ago. The sense I got was, if you can make fun of Russians, Turks, or scimitar wielding Asian horsemen you are as good as gold.

    Congrats. Please keep your fans updated on this amazing experience.
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    Hey there, Chewey, this SO rocks, good for you! Please keep in touch as much as possible, and have a wonderful time!
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    Wow, very exciting. I wish you all the best Chewey and like so many others here, look forward to hearing about your adventures. Buy some extra SD cards for your camera so you can mail them back to your friend for posting pictures, in case you don't have Internet access. After all, you may be on a dialup line that uploading pics would take forever on. SD cards are small and easy to include in an envelope. You can just keep mailing them back and forth for re-use.

    Keep us updated!
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    Congratulations Chewey! The Peace Corps is a very honorable and wonderful organization to be a part of. I really admire you for making the choice.

    I've got a friend whom I used to work with in Armenia. Oh the Armenian pizzas are so good, actually there isn't a dish I've had from a Armenian deli that I didn't enjoy. You're going to be in for one unique and enjoyable experience. I hear the mountains and valleys are beautiful! You'll really enjoy your time off there.
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
    Chewy,

    I'm impressed! a lot of guys talk about trying to make a difference and then never do anything about it - and you are actually doing something! I know you will have a great time and learn a lot while doing it!

    Good Luck!
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    Mar 07, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    Good for you, Chewey! Putting effort behind the words of helping people is admirable. Best of luck to you for a safe journey.