I'm in America! Not home yet, but getting closer...
The last plane ride was wayyy too long, but I met a great couple from Kenya who were coming to the States for the first time. I got to share about what I did in Tanzania for the last 7 months and they told me about themselves too! I think it was probably my last opportunity to speak Swahili as well, so it was very special and we had a lot of fun. As we stepped off the plane, the three of us were shocked by the wave of freezing cold air. I told them, "Pole, baridi sana hapa! Karibu America" (not grammatically correct, but literally translated as "sorry, very cold here! Welcome to America!") After saying goodbye to them, making my way through customs, long lines, and security again, I found the bathroom so I could brush my teeth and freshen up a little bit. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely smell of the huge, clean bathroom. Secondly, I was thinking how nice it was to have toilets in a public bathroom instead of dirty holes in the ground. (I generally don't think squat pots are all that bad anymore, but the public ones are usually gross!) Anyways, the toilet flushed automatically which totally caught me off guard and scared me half to death. After that, I was prepared for the automatic sink, but not the nice warm water that came out! Warm water is very exciting. I came to my gate where I am sitting now and there just so happened to be a Wendy's right here, so I got myself a chocolate frosty...which I have been craving for a loooong time! It was delicious! Now I'm waiting for my plane to Seattle where my family will be waiting for me. It's been quite the journey and I'm sooo ready to see them!
Dear friends, family, and blog followers, thanks for all your support and prayers! They've made a difference to me and my time in Tanzania has been the best experience of my life. God is good!
Even though I'm almost home, I want to let you know that you're welcome to stay tuned to my blog! I still have many stories to write about and pictures to post that I never got around to doing before. So let's continue to share memories together! God Bless!
They just announced the first boarding call...so ready or not, here I come!