Monday, July 16, 2012

Stories from Kenya - March 11th

Every day or so I'm going to try and share some stuff from a day, or part of a day, in Kenya.  I miss it so much and can't wait to share some stories from my amazing experiences with you.  I will go through my journal and pictures and I hope that it also helps reminds me of the little things I've forgotten about!

The night before March 11th, I could barely sleep!  I was so excited but also a little bit nervous.  I was going to a totally different country...a different continent!  I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it would be like but people kept telling me I had no idea.  I wasn't sure how I would feel there and stuff like that.  But as it got closer to leaving, my excitement took over!  The night before, we went to Red Robbins for dinner, picked up a few last minute snacks for on the plane, and I finished my packing (and unpacking and repacking...little bit of a perfectionist!).  Then I showered and went to bed, I think it was less than an hour before it was time to get up.  When it was time for me to get ready to go, my mom came and laid down beside me and we talked for a bit, and then she told me to get ready.  I sent a few texts to people and then put my phone away.  I got dressed, had a little food, and got into the car.

Everybody in our group got together at 4am and loaded into the bus.  I gave out bandanas that I had made with fabric a friend had given me from Kenya.  It was exciting to be sitting on the bus with everyone and then to start driving to the airport, but it still didn't feel like it was really happening.  I had worked so hard to get there and I was actually leaving!

When we got to the airport we waited there for a bit before flying off to Calgary.  I was pretty excited when it was time to get on the plane but still, it didn't feel like this was all actually real!  As we waited for the plane to take off, I watched the sun going up into the sky as I tried to convince myself that I was really going to Africa.  As the plane took off, I couldn't fight sleep any longer... I had wanted to watch a movie but could not stay awake!  I woke up just before we landed in Calgary. be continued :)

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