Well, I can't believe the time has come, but we're as ready as we're ever going to be. After weeks of preparation, fretting over what to pack, we're actually underweight in our luggage. It's hard to believe we're fitting everything we need in two, pretty small suitcases per person.
So, Monday morning, we fly to Philly, we have a one day orientation and then on Tuesday morning we get a bunch of immunizations, take a bus ride to Newark and fly out at 6:40pm. We fly for 8 hours, have a 3 hour layover in Amsterdam, then fly for another 10 to Tanzania. We get in around 9pm on Wednesday night, Tanzania time.
Then, we are in Dar es Salaam for four days. The key thing to note here is that we aren't allowed to leave our hostel. After four days of adjustment there, we head to Morogoro where we train for the next few months. We'll stay with a host family and study Swahili, the culture, and have job training.
So, I am writing this blog because Peace Corps has three main goals. One includes helping Americans understand the culture and people of where we go. I hope that those of you who are reading this will come to understand Tanzania better than you do now. Also, because I want you all to know what I'm up to there!