Monday, October 29, 2012
Thanks friends! Krissy
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Finally we took off and the flight was a pretty standard ocean crossing. The food was really good, I didn’t sleep at all, but it is what it is. Then, Brussels! All of our bags made it, which was huge considering how many times they changed hands! Brussels was awesome. Our flight to Africa was uneventful, very long, with a stop in Banjul before Conakry, but then we made it through customs with no problems, all of our bags made it, and we settled into our accommodations. I’ll write a separate blog post about that. For now, here’s some photos of Brussels, thanks to Suzanne. Love to all!
|Where are we?|
|We enjoyed cute little cafes...|
|Beautiful cathedral, we got to go inside...|
|In the royal gardens...|
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
The great migration begins tomorrow at 8am when we pull out of the IOC and drive to Dallas/Fort Worth airport (a couple hours drive I think). Then we fly DFW to Newark (70 minute layover), then on to Brussels (5 hours) and then to Conakry (with one stop somewhere else in north Africa) landing there at 8pm Wednesday night local time (36 hour migration!)
The end is near, time to pack and clean,
Getting everything into one bag is obscene.
That's two lines from my final project, a 1325 word poem akin to the good Dr. Seuss. I haven't written poetry like that in a long time and it has brought me much joy. :) I will post after it's been presented.
|Africa is distorted on most world maps to look smaller than it actually is. It's big, folks.|
Saturday, October 20, 2012
|We had to get in and out of the life raft from the water, and then do it again in our immersion suits (see below) - that was much harder. Then we had to right the raft alone from a flipped position.|
|I'm leading this train of survivors, floating in our immersion (otherwise called Gumby) suits.|
|This must be where the cleanup crew on Monsters Inc. got their inspiriation - we looked just like them!!|
In other news, I'm moving back to Africa in THREE DAYS!!! I'm super grateful for this time here in Texas but I can feel myself getting restless... it's time to go!! Today I have to try to organize my life a bit, get stuff in my (one) bag, put anything that won't fit or I won't need right away in a box to go on the container. There's some talk of going dancing tonight, or doing some kind of activity today... we'll see. We all have to work on our final projects that are due on Monday, too. And we have to deep-clean our dorm.
Friday, October 19, 2012
We were looking at a race in Tyler a few weekends ago to run together, but it was rather expensive and logistically difficult to get there. So we decided to have our own run!! Sunday we did it, ran around the lake at Tyler State Park. Six of us ran it, there was a finish line with medals and tee shirts and everything. Very epic and so much fun!
|Runners at the start|
|The back of the tee shirts we made|
|The tee shirts were for everyone, not just the runners. And here we are! |
The first two days were firefighting, and really... I can't say I enjoyed it, but I endured it well, and of course passed all the requirements. But I'm just not super keen on fire. I don't even light candles very often. I like a good campfire but I'm usually the safety-conscious one, making sure we're covered.
|All of us ready to go!|
|Out on the field|
|Me and my partner, Dangyra, who totally rocked it. I would want this girl on my team!|
Yesterday we did first aid and CPR which was just a review from my many, many years of lifeguard training and instructor certifications! So... nothing epic.
TODAY and tomorrow, however, are awesome. Safety and survival at sea. I LOVE WATER and anything having to do with being in the water, on the water, or near the water. Tomorrow we travel to a local pool and do practical exercises. I am very excited. So hey, I'm not keen on fire, but am loving the water portion. It takes all kinds. And I'm super excited to be living on a boat again. :) Er, that is, a ship!
Gateway overall has been incredible! Tomorrow we're at the pool, Saturday and Sunday we pack, clean, trip it to Walmart one more time, and finish our final projects. Monday we have crowd management in the morning and then presentations of our final projects and an african diner in the evening. We head out Tuesday morning! We are flying Dallas-Newark-Brussels-Conakry, arriving late on Wednesday evening. If you want my flight info, let me know!
All photos except the one of me and Dangyra are courtesy (and with permission) of the ever fabulous Suzanne, you can look at her blog here: http://suzannemichelles.blogspot.com/
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
This whole week has been about personal and interpersonal development. The first three days we spent a lot of time on Personality and I get totally cranked up when we talk about that stuff (my Psych degree is coming out...) We also discussed our strengths, gifts, living in harmony, and conflict resolution. Our instructors have been fantastic and the staff super supportive as we discussed (and wrestled, in my case) these things with each other and within ourselves. Overall - it was super fantastic and I'm sad it's over.
Tonight we're headed to a movie and tomorrow I think we're going to the mall. I'm not entirely sure. And I don't have any pictures to share. Really, it's turning out this is a pretty lame blog post, but I just wanted to get SOMETHING up here for you to see.
We leave for Africa in 18 days! YAY!!!!
Peace (like a river....) - Krissy