After saying “good bye” to my parents, I strolled through the airport in Paris and sat down at gate C87. I sat by myself for a good 10 minutes, then a nurse from Norway named Gry introduced herself to me…soon after that a dentist from Germany named Marco came to join us and then a couple minutes later a human resource officer from Texas named Marcos also joined us. So before I even stepped foot on the plane I had 3 new friends who were going to travel with me to the ship.
Once arriving in Benin, getting my luggage off the luggage belt was probably the hardest part. It was so crowded that I saw my bag go around at least 10 times but had no way of getting to it…finally I pushed through. Then once I got it I had to struggle through the crowd of people to get back to my new friends (I lost my shoe on the way, but no worries, I went back to get it). From there everything kinda flew by: we drove for 12 minutes and arrived on the ship, got checked in, signed papers, got our pictures taken for a name tag that we must wear at all times, ate a late dinner, then we were all shown our rooms.
Unlike the majority of my friends who are starting school this year, I had no idea who my roomate was going to be…much less the fact that I was going to have SIX. They are all pretty cool as far as I can tell though…and they are from all over the world: Germany, Australia, Canada, England & Georgia!
Today I have to go to 3 new timer meetings and am just getting settled but will start work either tonight or early tomorrow morning. Some things are going to take some getting used to, like having to take what they call a “two minute shower”–>you jump in and get wet, turn the water off while you shampoo & scrub, then turn the water back on to wash it off, then get out of the shower. Also having 7 girls, maybe 8 soon, and only two tiny bathrooms will be a challenge : )
Can’t wait to see what God does!