Feb 25 2012

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Getting to Malawi

I am a huge procrastinator! I still don’t have everything that I need. I’m glad I re-read the materials sent to me a few days ago as I failed to see the part:

you will want to make sure to bring a few days worth of clothing in your carry-on luggage, just in case your bags take a little while to arrive. We have had a lot of luck in terms of luggage arriving here safely, but it’s always best to be on the safe side. If you checked your bags all the way through to Lilongwe from Staging, make sure to inform the Johannesburg check-in desk and show them your claim stubs, otherwise it may not be on the plane when you arrive here!”

Well, this changes everything. My carry-on bag contains a bag full of electronics and have no place for extra clothing! WWJD! I’ll figure that out later. *sigh*

Anyway, let’s move on to why I made this post… Getting to Malawi!

March 5

  • I leave for Philly on March 5th at 6:50AM, which means I have to be up by 4:00AM!
  • I arrive in Philly around 4:30PM EST.
  • Check in at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn….
  • Meet with fellow Peace Corps Trainees (PCT) for a few drinks

March 6

  • Official registration as Peace Corps trainee
  • From 12:30PM – 7:00PM
  • Another round of drinks with fellow PCT’s

March 7

  • This is where the fun starts.. Ready for this????
  • Check out at 1:30AM!
  • 2:00AM Bus ride to JFK
  • 10:40AM – Leave for Malawi!

March 8

  • 15 hours later, we arrive in Johannesburg
  • 2 hours later, we leave for Lilongwe, Malawi

As soon as we arrive in Malawi, PC staff will take a group photo to send to our parents to let them know that we have arrived safely.

We will not have access to either internet or email during our stay in Dedza. You may contact me via pigeon mail, smoke signal, message in a bottle, or just a good ol’ regular snail mail. I haven’t licked a stamed in a long time. Are we still licking stamps or are they self adhesive now? haha.

Think of Sheena Easton… except with mail.. haha

Can you tell I’m a big 80’s fan?

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