September 8-9, 2018.  The Adventure really began at least 3 years ago, when I started trying to join Peace Corps.  However, today I begin the physical journey with packing.  We are allowed 2 bags of 50 pounds each, plus standard carry-ons.  Based on recommendations, I am mainly focused on cold weather gear and pharmaceuticals.  At 5:30 am on the 9th, my friend, Pat Chapman, took me to the airport.  All day I dodged bullets.  First the power went out as we were leaving, rain in Philly delayed all flights, but I got one, luggage lost but recovered.

The first stop is Philadelphia.  Tonight I met my local friends, Mark and Brenda Binnig, who treated me to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks at the both the rival originals, Pat’s and Gino’s.  I met my first fellow volunteer, my roommate.  More tomorrow as we check in for orientation.