Thanks to everyone for the send off e-mails! I really appreciate you reading this and wishing me well. I’m at SFO now, boarding a plane to Amsterdam in 10 minutes! I have a 12 hour lay-over there so I’ll get to see a bit of the city (thanks to Gene and Kris for recommendations).
The past few days were a bit crazy and hectic, since I still don’t have a housing situation worked out completely, but after a flurry of e-mails I am feeling better about it. One of my fellow students, Tanya, was in Zanzibar last summer and she has a lot of connections and has been a life saver! She got her taxi driver to pick me up at the airport and he’s going to drive me around on Saturday to look at houses to rent for the time we are there. I’ll probably spend the first few nights in a hotel until I get more permanent lodgings, but it’s all working out. If you are feeling a bit nervous for me remember: TIA (This Is Africa)! I love it and can’t wait.
It sounds like we’ll have our work cut out for us since I just got an e-mail that malaria cases on one part of the island are already ramping up. This is going to be a great learning experience and an awesome adventure.
I’ll miss everyone back home, but will have e-mail access and will try to post as often as possible.
Take care and I’ll let you know if judgement day happens since I’ll be 10 hours ahead. 😉