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.