Day 1

What we’ve done so far:
Monday May 26- Met at Dulles at 7:00pm
Flight left at 10:15pm
Tuesday May 27- 5:45pm Qatar time we arrive
8:45pm we check into a hotel, eat dinner, shower, relax
Thursday May 28- 12:00am we leave to go back to the airport
2:45am we take off for Casablanca

It has been a very disorienting day or two of travel and none of us are that thrilled that we just had an extremely long (13 hour) flight only to have another 8hr flight to backtrack across the entire continent of Africa. We should arrive in Casablanca sometime Thursday morning just in time for a full day of exploring.

It’s a very exciting and different experience from previous traveling I’ve done. I have just the clothes I’m wearing, a small duffel, and a backpack, and that’s what I’ll live out of for the next month as we traverse across this side of the world.

It’s been really cool to see how everyone has already started to bond. Yes we have already been through an entire semester long class together but going abroad changes how you connect with people in so many ways. It’s cool to see how we all mesh well together and it’s gonna help shape our experiences in a great way.

So far most of our bonding has been through taking countless selfies and sharing info on how to connect to the wifi. We’ll branch out soon enough.

Sitting on the plane waiting to takeoff, I think almost every single one of us was just thinking, “am I crazy for doing this?” Some people even said it out loud. This trip has been in the works for months, but now that it was finally time to go, it seemed surreal. As I was writing this, I could not believe that I was in a hotel in the middle of Qatar on the complete other side of the world.

A few interesting facts about Qatar:
– We were informed upon our arrival that today was the very first day this airport has been open for business
– It is 102 degrees outside at midnight
– It might seem like a random place where you wouldn’t see a lot of people, but there is quite a bit of diversity here

I know we have a lot of adventures to come. For a lot, if not most of us, this trip is completely out of our comfort zones and is going to challenge us exponentially to try new things, learn about different cultures, and even more importantly, to learn about ourselves. I’m excited to see what the next 30 days have in store!

I’ll try to post as much as possible, so stay tuned!



One thought on “Day 1

  1. I’m glad to hear you arrived safely, and wish you good rest before the next part of your travel begins. May relationships continue to deepen and grow and your love for God’s creation expand greatly! Safe travels and peace to you, Rachel!


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