I’m in a hotel room in Philly at the moment. I can’t write for long, but know that in a few hours I and 44 other volunteers are boarding a bust to JFK airport in NYC and from there will go to Brussels, and from there, Cameroon.
By far the worst part of the past 24 hours was saying goodbye to family. The family Boyfriends held it together, but the rest of us were preeeettyy… cry-y. You’d be surprised how much nobody in the world’s busiest airport wants to talk to some chick trying not to sniffle on all of her two, giant (no seriously like 40lbs together) carry-ons. Even if she looks really, really sad and pretty scared.
When I got to my gate things got better almost immediately. I had barely peeked around the corner when two other volunteers recognized me from Facebook and called me over. We managed to wrangle up one more gal and the four of us endured a delayed flight, the pain in the butt that it is to get a Taxi from the airport, and the incredibly crappy traffic of Philadelphia at lunch hour. I’m sure that traffic will be light and polite compared to where I’ll be Friday, however.
After staging,which happened to take place on World Peace Day, and managed to be the birthday of not one, but three volunteers in our group, a giant mob of over half of us headed to the Hard Rock Cafe, which is right around the corner from our hotel. We had a few drinks and a whole lot to eat, as most of us considered this our “last meal”. I sure loved you, giant hamburger, and I’ll miss you a bunch.
So now, though I am very comfortably snuggled in bed thanks to the Marriott, I have to get this show on the road. We don’t head out till 10, but the last thing I need is to feel a time crunch on my last day in America. Running around JFK with a million bags will be hard enough.
I probably won’t be able to write here for a while. I don’t know where any cool cafes in Yaounde are yet, but maybe other volunteers and I can sniff them out. When and if I can manage to get to them, y’all will be the first to know, besides my family. I promise I’ll stay safe and won’t do anything dumb.