I tried to keep it a secret that I was lacking major details of my trip.
"So what is your plan exactly once you've reached DC?"
"Ah, yes, good question, We are staying 100 kilometers outside of Kigali in a village called (make something up), and yes, I have a host family, and maybe I will get a pet such as a silverback gorilla, not sure... need to check in with the officials. Tell you what mom, I'll call you later tonight for another Q and A session, but I can't promise anymore A's."
Sometimes I just get out an old National Geographic and tear out a picture of "Africa" and tell people to go to Wikipedia with any other questions.
As I have read in others' blogs, there is a varying response from the people of the West in regards to Africa. So before I ask someone their opinion I give them a small written quiz:
1. What's your favorite country in Africa? and Why?
2. Have you ever taken an African Dance Class? What was your favorite move?
After I read these quiz results, I score them and walk away.
In all honesty, I am a very uninformed lady who has much to learn in the next few months, years, decades, etc.
To the good stuff:
I was elated when I found out that I would be staying among sisters in the Benebikira training center with other Peace Corps Volunteers. It's actually quite funny because I trained to become a foreclosure counselor in a convent in Chicago for a week. Coincidence?
Oh and as for packing: I saved the turkey sandwich from my flight last night. That will be my "luxury" item.
I'm going to Saver's today to find a few shirts that may be less wintrified than my own, although I read that a volunteer gets freezing in Uganda. I'm not sure how to measure -30's against 50's.
As for today, I had strong coffee, read some facebook facts, reviewed my welcome book, and screamed a few times in excitement.