A valid question. My departure date was moved to Oct. 10, so I’ve had an extra week to act like a maniac around my most loved friends and family. Hopefully they will forgive me later for being so stressed. Currently I’m deciding what pictures and music to bring. Tomorrow I’ll stow away the rest of my non-Kenya-bound stuff and pack up my bags. Mostly I need to decide what NOT to bring, because I’m over the weight limit. Solar equipment works great. I was able (before the weather got nasty) to sit outside and run my laptop completely off of the foldable panel. Perhaps I will post a later entry on how it works… my search for real examples of similar setups came up empty, but I think people would like to know how to do it. Beware, it involves soldering… I am also not leaving from DC anymore… it’s Philly now. And instead of training in Embu, I’ll be training in a small town to the south of Nairobi. Also, because I’m in the deaf ed group, we’ll be in Mombasa for the first week, which means out group gets to travel more than everyone else… pretty cool but I bet I’ll be tired of packing and unpacking by the time I finally get to my final placement, wherever that may be… Also, I can now sign the ABC’s in American Sign Language. I learned it over lunch, so hopefully that bodes well for my KSL training.
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