Sunday, July 8, 2012

Still packing...

Well, I'm down to 9 days before I head out. Packing seems to be coming along quite well, just a few last minute things to get so I'm not too stressed about it. Peace Corps has given us some lists recommending things that we bring, but it is lacking in details and specifics, so it has been an unnecessary stress for all of us who are about to leave. Luckily we have had current volunteers in Zambia help us out on the Facebook group to ease our minds about what to take, what to leave, and what to send later.
This, plus clothes are supposed to fit into 3 bags. 
I will officially be heading out the morning of the 17th of July, 2012. Staging is a day and a half event will take place in Philadelphia, PA where we will have orientation presentations and paperwork. Then we embark on a 2am bus ride to JFK airport (Appropriately, since JFK started the Peace Corps) in New York so we can hop on a plane for 15 hours headed ~8,000 miles away to Johannesburg, South Africa. Then it's just a 2 hour layover and a 2 hour flight to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The whole trip will last me about 48 hours my time, landing in Zambia at roughly noon their time on the 19th. That is, if everything goes to plan...

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