….Well kind of. I wish I had cool stories to tell about Philly, but to be quite honest; we barely left the hotel (which actually isn’t even downtown.) Bummer. But today, I don’t think “long” fully describes today. Woke up at 4:30, on a plane by 7:00 am. Said a lot of not so fun goodbyes, love you Mom and Dad (and Charley, Boo, and Izzy!) Landed in Philly, met up with a few fellow Peace Corps Trainees, and before we knew it registration started at noon, and staging began promptly at 2:00.
And boy, was it long and packed with a lot of information. Everyone is great though! There’s 55 of us in sectors from Agroforesty, to Youth Development, and lastly Community Health; which is me!
So now it is almost 11:30 at night, and check out is 9:30 in the morning. I just re-packed my bag and realized I packed the wrong camera charger. Stupid me. So getting up early tomorrow morning to walk to Target and hoping they have it is my Plan A. Plan B is have my parents send me it and “patiently” (which I use lightly because if you know me, patience isn’t my strongest suit) wait a month via snail mail. And pray to every higher power that it actually comes in one piece, or comes at all.
Life is about to change, but after today, I am more than excited! I think we’re all excited, actually. You could feel the happiness and realization when the Peace Corps announced that we are no longer “Peace Corps Invitees,” but now “Peace Corps Trainees.”
Tomorrow is a full, and I mean practically 24 hours straight of flying, but on September 21st around 6:00 pm, I’ll be in Yaounde, Cameroon! Not sure when I’ll post again….or when I’ll even have internet again. So in my last waking hours I’m going to creep on Facebook, check out CNN (who knows when I’ll actually have live stream American news again), and embrace reliable electricity, internet, and texting.