This will likely be my last post and I am happy to close it out with a photo from Nimesh’s studio against my favorite background. The flowers were digitally added at no cost. Pictured is myself with the some of the new and old team. I would like to thank my team and everyone I worked with. To quote a friend, “it was interesting, and I learned a lot.”
One of the highlights of my trip to Seville was stopping in this small alley bar. After some coaxing and exchanging Instax photos, we convinced a South American traveler into playing his guitar. To my surprise, he played nothing but American classics and drew quite a crowd from the street. It was a surreal experience and a strange juxtaposition to the deployment I left behind.
We spent the day walking through Seville, taking in the sights and stopping frequently for cured ham and Malbec wines.
Getting home was trying. A week before we were scheduled to leave, I was told that our flight was overbooked. I was beside myself for a moment before finding an alternative. Long story short, we hopped on a cargo flight headed back to the States and stopped for the day in Seville, Spain. Seville was a sight to behold to our group of weary travelers who had spent six months in the African desert.
Koko and I at my going away party. Don’t ask, it’s an aircrew thing.
"Juan Hernandez." I picture I found on the street in DC with my girlfriend before I left. She mailed it to me for the holidays and it sat in my desk for the remainder of my deployment. If anyone knows this guy, tell him he’s not getting this photo back.
My good friend Paolo from the Carabinieri. We met at a French cultural center downtown, completely random. I hope to see him again someday.
Posing with the Italian Carabinieri. These guys were great and I made some good friends in the process.
The Sun of the Horn of Africa. A local merchant we frequented for souvenirs.
I have been back in the States for about two months now and things are good. I moved back to DC and am looking for full-time work. I want to close out this blog with a few miscellaneous things. Here is an Instax outtake from a picture to be mailed home.