I MADE IT TO AFRICA!!!
This is so crazy y'all!!! I am literally on the other side of the world right now. This is just a QUICK post because it's the middle of the night here and I have a long, early, and busy day tomorrow. But I wanted to pop in and tell y'all that I made it here safely!
The flight was really confusing. Yes, it was long, but it seemed like a twilight zone or something because of the 6 hour time difference. I can't decide if the journey felt like it started days ago or if it started this morning. It was just weird to travel for a total of 34 hours (including layovers and car rides). My parents dropped Amber and I off at Dulles around noon on Saturday, and we boarded our first plane. I wasn't nervous, but I was definitely anxious. I had a lot of heavy luggage, and I was really eager to just get on that plane and go.
First we flew to Senegal. It was a 14 hour flight...I think. We stopped for an hour to refuel, but we didn't get off the plane. The meals were really gross and the seats were really uncomfortable, but I wasn't bored because I had Amber and my book. Then we flew to Johannesburg. I believe that was an 8 hour flight. We got off the plane and went through customs, re-checked our bags, went through security again, had our first meal here (which was kinda weird), and then got on a different plane.
On the last flight I sat with Ali, one of my sorority sisters from home. We drank wine and talked about how EXCITED we are to be here! The flight was only about 2 hours this time.
We landed in Cape Town, got our luggage, and met with the program directors here! They are so sweet and helpful. We got on buses and headed to the apartments. Y'all...they are BEAUTIFUL! Right on the ocean, pretty big, and beautifully decorated with colorful pillows, sweet care packages in the kitchen for each of us, and all kinds of little trinkets and goodies. Our (Me + Amber) roommates are named Jen and Avery. They are SO cool! They go to the University of Texas together. I can already tell that we are going to have such a fun room!
Tomorrow is our orientation day. I just got a brand new camera (thanks, Mom!) and I've been using my iPhone to take pictures, too. I will post pictures tomorrow, I promise! But tonight... I need to go shower and try to go to sleep so that this jet lag does not kill me tomorrow.
I PROMISE to have a better blog post tomorrow!! So excited to be sharing this journey with my readers!!