After an eight-hour flight to Germany, a four-hour flight to Azerbaijan, and an hour-long bus ride to our hotel, we've finally arrived in Sumgayit, the city where our pre-service training is taking place. We were graciously retrieved from the Baku airport last night by the smiling, reassuring Peace Corps Azerbaijan staff. Today was Day One of our official in-country training -- learning logistics, expectations, and just a wee-bit of language lessons. It's been a very long, but very good, day.
We're still so happy to be surrounded by such an amazing group of fellow volunteers, as well as the incredibly helpful support staff here in Azerbaijan. Tonight we had dinner with a group of volunteers who arrived here just over a year ago. Great conversation, and extremely reassuring thoughts from them all. Hillary and I also found out today that we will be living together with the same host family for our ten weeks of training -- up to this point, we thought we would be enjoying a long-distance relationship, living in different homes. Thanks, Peace Corps!
Oh also, I did have a minor meltdown trying to figure out how to iron my shirt this morning, but it quickly passed... things are much better now that I know how to say hello, thank you, and goodbye.
That's all for now... tomorrow's another full day!
Sağolun! (That means adios!)
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