Day 1…or is it Day 2? | March 2 or 3, 2018
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Posted by Myles Hairston on Sunday, March 4, 2018
So today was either day 1 or day 2 of our Rwandan Adventure. Just to clear my confusion our flight was either canceled due to the wonderful wind conditions. There was a little back and forth whether we would leave the same day planned or the following. Originally set to depart SU at 1:30 PM and we met at 3:30 PM to depart from Dulles International Airport. Of course plans changed but we got to visit another country, Doha, Qatar, for the night and got to enjoy some wonderful food.
Did we lose a day? Yes, but we get to see another country that I probably would have never visited therefore I see it as a huge plus it is currently 10:25 PM March 3 in Qatar back home it’s 2:25 PM March 3
I like the group that I am traveling with, I learned you just have to go with the flow, and I wish I had an aisle seat for a 13 hour flight!
Day 3 | March 4, 2018
Can you say 4:30AM wake up call? From Doha, Qatar to an hour layover in Uganda and finally to Rwanda (you better believe it, I got an aisle seat) our flying journey to our granted location has come to an end! I’ll spare you the details of the flight but boy oh boy was I ready to get off of that plane after 8 hours of flying.
At the airport we were greeted by Heaven Rwanda’s transportation crew. They were great and awesome drivers. I say that because I know I would not be able to drive around here with what seems to be no rules. On the ride to our hotel I saw many things and felt many emotions I had to control. I saw packed buses of smiling children, women with babies cradled on their backs, many blank faces. I saw dirt roads, hills of close houses, and beautiful foliage. Personally this experience has validated that living life isn’t about what you have but about enjoying the moment and being present. It has shown me that although we may complain about this that and the other we often fail to consider how others are living around the world and cannot change their living conditions. I have been in Rwanda for less than 8 hours and it has began to transform my life and way of thinking.
I liked the provided mosquito net, I learned that experience is the best teacher, and I wish I would’ve applied for GCP earlier!
By Myles Hairston 14’ 16’, Mass Communications & MBA student, posting from Rwanda