I have walked on Africa’s concrete. I am not in the rural area just yet so they havent made it to the soil. But neverthless I am here. I am now half way across the world from my friends and family. I made it to the motherland, I am breathing the air, hearing the language, and smiling away. I still don’t feel as if I am really here; but, eventually that feeling will wear off.
I had a rough time getting here. I had REALLY overpacked. I had 2 huge rolling duffel bags, one medium sized duffel bag, and one carry on. My rolling and medium duffel bags were 60 pounds each when I was in San Fran . I took out enough eight to get my bags to 53 each. Once I arrived in PHilly I realized there was no way I could carry all of that stuff I brought and began to panic. Peace Corps advised us that the weight limit was 40 pounds a bag with a total of 80 pounds, began to frantically unpack a bunch of extra clothes and a pair of wedges (yea I know what do i need those for right?). Fortunately, I have a friend who lives in Philly and I unpacked an entire duffels bag worth of stuff for him to send to my mom (shout out to Jarrod and my mommy for being life savers). I can say I didnt have to leave anything on the side of the road because they helped me out! Also, one of my fellow trainees managed to only pack one bag and she offered to check a bag for me 🙂 God really made a way for me today
Everyone has been so friendly so far. There are 20 people in my group, 10 girls and 10 guys, 4 people are from California and 4 or 5 are from Texas. The rest are spread out like Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado etc
The flight wasnt bad. We flew from New York to Germany and from Germany to Ethiopia. It was about 14-15 hours but I took sleeping medicine so I slept through the flight to Germany. People have been telling me I look like Im Ethiopian. I’ll wait until Ethiopians tell me if I look Ethiopian. I dont think I do, but I certaintly take that as a compliment because the women here are beautiful.
I used the bathroom at the hotel for the first time 🙂 it was a regular toilet but you can’t put any tissue in it. You wipe and then put the tissue in the trash basket. I was trying to figure out how to flush the toilet for awhile. I kept pushing the button and started thinking the dang thing was broken (the button looks like sink stoppers). I finally pulled it and down went the water 🙂
I am not sure what time it is here but I know it’s late. We have to get up early tomorrow to start our training to prepare us for entry into the host family, go over medical stuff, and do a tour. I am now a Peace Corps Trainee 🙂