It’s late on Thursday evening… mid-afternoon in Texas and I’m sitting on a bed in a fairly nice hotel in Addis Ababa. We have everything we could ever want here in this hotel (including wifi), and it seems that I’ve been away from the States forever, yet not at all. What I’ve been able to see so far of this place is that it’s absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see more.
The flight over was easily the best international flight I’ve ever taken. I was skeptical, but it appears there really is something to the Dreamliner. Of the 13.5 hour flight, I probably slept 6 of them, which is pretty impressive. Once we arrived in Addis Ababa, we had to wait in the longest immigration line ever and gather our 100 lbs of bags, but we made it. Three very full buses, two full moving trucks and a quick trip around the city later, we landed at our hotel.
Upon arrival, I found out I was actually an environment volunteer instead of a health volunteer. Now after seeing what the Environment program here in Ethiopia is about during the first few days, I can honestly say it’s a happy surprise! It’s more in line with my future interests, so I am grateful for the mix up.
This past week has felt like a lifetime already. I’ve met so many people that I can honestly call friend that I’m thrilled to share this experience with. PST has already been fairly intense, but I am excited to wake up and see what the next day holds. Probably the strangest part for me is that this all feels so normal. Like I am completely in the right place and this is definitely the right time. It’s gives me great impression of a country I am already falling in love with.