So, that’s it. Yesterday was my last day of work as a Field Consultant for Community Enterprise Solutions. The past few weeks have been full of “last times” – last visit to the weaving cooperatives in San Juan, last meetings with each of our asesoras, last trips to our puntos, last time eating in Juana and my favorite comedor in Solola. And it’s been full of goodbyes, to all of my friends, many of whom have become like family, to my favorite spots around the lake, and – especially hard – to Juana.
These last few days, as I get ready for my flight out on Tuesday, people have been asking me how I’m feeling about leaving. It’s hard to say, really…I feel sad to be leaving so many people and projects behind, and sad to leave such a beautiful country, but I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to spend so much time here, to learn everything that I did, and to see so much of the country in the process. And I also feel equal parts excited and anxious – lately, a bit more on the anxious side – about whatever might come next. That part’s still up in the air, but I am certain something new and exciting will present itself soon.