Forty-six hours from now I’ll be landing in Philadelphia. It seems to have come so soon, even with the four month warning. I’ve had a couple wonderful going away parties, some lovely time at my dad’s cabin, and a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family. I’m mostly packed, there will likely be more re-packing tomorrow, and I’ll run once more through the streets of Davis tomorrow morning. There have been a lot of questions about communicating with me and mailing packages to me once I’m in country. Well, here goes…
Letters and Packages:
Send these to:
c/o Corps de la Paix
BP 1927 Conakry
République de Guinée (West Africa)
Because I’ll not have a reliable source of internet [terrible, right?! 😉 ] snail mail can be more reliable. It helps to number the letters so I’ll know if I’m missing one [start at #1, Brendan]. If you send a postcard, send it in an envelope, as they tend to get lost or stolen.
Packages have high rates of theft, heavy custom taxes, and take a long period of time to arrive. It’s not suggested that expensive items be mailed. The best and cheapest way to send me those lovely care packages is by using the USPS flat-rate boxes. Padded envelopes have a lower rate of theft than boxes, so if you can fit it in one of those, go for it.
For more advice on how to send things to me check out this recent PCV’s blog post:
It’s long and detailed and full of useful information.
Phone and Email
My email address: email@example.com
My phone number: TBD
Skype name: jdgubert
I will be giving my US cell phone to my brother once I head to Guinea, if you call the (650) 888 number you’ll have a blonde guy answer. 🙂 He’s nice, feel free to chit-chat [no embarrassing stories, Casey!].
I’ll be getting a local cell phone once I arrive in the country, though the service is spotty at best. Once I know the number I’ll post it on here. I’ll try to set up times to have people call so I can go to a place where there is service. Skype seems to be the cheapest way to call at a $.20 each minute. It’s cheapest if you call from a computer or a smartphone that has a Skype application.
I’ve also set up a Picasa account that I’ll try to upload photos to. I’ll post the link once I set up the first album.
Tomorrow is my last full day in California and this weekend will be my last in the US for a few years. My next three two Thanksgivings and birthdays will be in Guinea, and my next three Christmases! What an awesome thought!
Thank you to all the wonderful people I have in my life! I have so much to appreciate and so many things to love about my life and the people in it. Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving!
Now, back for more pumpkin pie!