This morning started out by me receiving my staging email-YAY! Now, I leave in just over 3 weeks (woah) and it’s kind of getting down to the wire for travel arrangements in my opinion. However, with the invitation packet from PC I was told that we would hear about staging 3-4 weeks in advance. Thus I wasn’t too worried, yet. I was fiddling around on Facebook this morning, when an update to the PC SA group told me that staging emails had arrived. So, officially staging is in DC (which I unofficially knew) starting July 6th. I made a call to SATO travel, PC’s travel agency, and scheduled my flight. I’ll be flying out of DSM on the 5th, arriving in the evening in DC. I know some other SA24-ers will be getting there that evening too. Can you say “dinner out”? 🙂
I am soooooo excited to go to DC again! After spending last semester there, and getting inspired to apply to PC while there, it seems fitting that I should go there for staging. Makes me less nervous because DC already feels home-y to me.
Anyways, I also found out flight info for my flight to SA. I will fly out on the 7th, after getting pricked in the arm who knows how many times for vaccinations, and arrive in Jo-burg on the 8th. It feels “more real” having my arrangements made now. After finding this all out I went on a shopping spree to Walmart and Target to get some things-particularly luggage. I have a nice JEEP brand rolling duffel-not too big, not too small. I chose this over a suitcase because it is easier to move around and I can sling it over my shoulder if I need too. I will have my regular backpack for my carry-on, and a smaller carry-on size suitcase. Ahhh….I feel much more prepared now.
I had my graduation/going-away party over the weekend. It was a sunny day-the only one recently. And it wasn’t too hot or cold, which is a miracle for Iowa right now. In other words, the weather behaved and I got to see lots of family and friends. A nice start to all the goodbye-ing that’s coming. And Dad got a Sno Cone machine for the party, which was fun. I think he ate about 10 of them. 🙂