#ReadyTOGO

Bonjour tout le monde! Here we are again, headed back to Africa.

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I came down to DC yesterday — a day early — to hangout with my friend Julia that is going with me to Togo. We are packed, met another guy named Kyree going with us and we are on the train. I won’t have much time over the next few weeks to write so I thought that I better update everyone now while I had the chance.

If you’re not an active blogger, you can subscribe so that you will get an email alert when I post. I don’t know how often I will, but I definitely plan on uploading some pics.

Here is an address for the first three months for letters and care packages! (Postcards are awesome too!)

Timothy Bedunah
Corps de la Paix
B.P. 3194
Lomé, Togo
West Africa

Also, this is our travel itinerary:

DC > Philly > NYC > Brussels > Ghana > Togo

Feel free to share and follow this blog. Also, if you’re a Peace Corps invitee or considering, please feel contact me with questions or advice!

I also wanted to share this great poem that a friend in Morocco shared with me. It will always help when the going gets tough.

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
 
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume  of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
 
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
 
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
 
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

With love,

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