Here's a bit of the packing chaos...
This does not even include the clothing we are taking. Actually, the clothing is the smallest portion, because we are expecting to have clothing made there. Supposedly their fabric is much thinner and more culturally appropriate than clothes we can buy in the US. But I am taking a few tshirts, capris, and long skirts. As soon as I get my first official Togo skirt or outfit, I'll take a pic so you guys can see!
This a link to the packing list the PC gives us...yes, it is looongg. And we have to fit all of this in a 50lb bag. Yep, that's all...2 bags, total of 80lbs, but one no more than 50lb. I'm only taking one 50lb bag. Mainly, because I think I can get it all in there and also because I have to carry it all on my own. Nathan is also taking a 50lb bag and then his guitar. Should be interesting!
Here's our schedule:
Wed Sept 17 - fly to Philly
Spend Wed through Fri in training in Philly...going over logistics, meeting people, starting our shots!
Fri Sept 19 - fly to Paris...and from Paris fly to Togo
Sat Sept 20 - we'll be in Togo!!
We spend three days in the capital Lome before moving on to our training villages. Nathan and I will be in separate training villages because we are in different programs. The villages are only 5km apart and he'll be coming to my village a couple of times per week for class. We'll also see each other on the weekends. But we will be living apart for those first three months. While we'll miss each other, I think it will be good for me...I need to learn how to do this PC thing on my own...especially getting used to the food, language, water, bugs...It will be a great chance for me to build my own self confidence!
After 9 weeks we'll be in our own village...just the two of us. But more posts to come before then...