I have arrived!

Trip Start Apr 26, 2014
Trip End Jun 04, 2014

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Flag of Senegal  , Ontario,
Sunday, April 27, 2014

There's a certain mystery in the anxiety, excitement, and wonder of traveling. For me this mystery translates into sitting at the airport waiting for your next flight wondering who the person sitting next to you on the plane will be. Everyone has his or her story, destination, and reason for travel. You sit there, looking at people, creating your version of their story in your head. Then, you can't help but imagine what they might be thinking about you!
I had the pleasure of meeting a retired navy officer on my flight from Edmonton to Montreal. It was definitely interesting to hear about some of the places he's been to. I can only imagine how he perceives the world. Then, from Montreal to Brussels, I sat beside a father and his daughter who are on their way to Greece. It's her first flight overseas, so it was cool to see her excitement. It reminded me of just a couple years ago when I was heading yo Greece and Turkey! I hope they enjoy their holiday. I had no one sitting beside me from Brussels to Dakar, so I got to stretch out and sleep! Ah, the little things.
Finally, I arrived to Dakar... but it took almost 3 hours to get through customs! You quickly learn how efficient things in Canada are. I met a really cool Senegalese family while I was waiting in line though. They actually live in California. Cheikh, with Projects Abroad, waited for me. Young guy, full of life. I think he really represents what the Senegalese people are - easy going, happy, fun. We also picked up one other volunteer, Jennabu (pretty sure that's not how you spell her name), who will also be working on the micro-finance. She's from Paris, but lives in Australia now!
I arrived in Saint Louis around midnight on Sunday. So, total travel time, I would say, was about 36 hours! Let me just say, it was an interesting drive from Dakar to Saint Louis! Most of it was in the dark, so no pictures, but I've posted a few of when we were right in Dakar.
This mystery of traveling is also found, for me, in the preconceived ideas and beliefs we construct in our heads about how things will be, and then the reality check that occurs when we do get there.
I'm going to wrap this post up with two things I've learned, or observed, in these past couple days of traveling: 1) most people actually don't live a rushed lifestyle like we do in North America 2) "oh shit" and "for f*** sakes" are two universal expressions used by many cultures.
Stay tuned for the adventures of my first few days!
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Brittany on

Awesome first post! So glad to hear that you have made it safe and sound - Have a great time girl!!

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