As I write this I’m in the air, not sure what country I’m flying over but I’m guessing it’s Iran. I’ve been waiting to come to this region my entire life, it seems unbelievable that I’m actually here.
This may be an odd analogy, but I kind of feel like a kid on Christmas. As a kid, you spend so much time waiting for and excited for Christmas, that when it finally comes it seems hard to believe that it’s actually here.
I think we’re about half an hour away from landing in Kabul… But I’ll talk a little more about what I’ve been doing in the past few days before the flight.
This past Tuesday, quite honestly, snuck up on me and slapped me in the face when it arrived. Fortunately, this was the first time ever that I didn’t procrastinate when it came time to pack, I was actually pretty much ready to go, at least when it came to my suitcase, by Monday evening. I said my goodbyes to my family and got a few extra hours to spend with my dad on the way to the airport in Chicago, a blessing for sure.
Everything went smoothly and I arrived in London early Wednesday morning and got to spend the day there with some new friends who have quickly become some of the best friends that I could ask for.
That night I flew for Dubai, another overnight flight (and no, I didn’t really sleep this whole time). I arrived in Dubai early Thursday morning (I think it was Thursday anyway, my internal clock is still a little weirded out from moving across 8 and a half timezones, if you’ve done it before, you know what I mean). It was excellent to get to see some of the people who I’ll be living and working with when I got to the place where I spent the next couple days.
From Thursday through Saturday night we did some new staff orientation, talking about security, living in a fishbowl, and various other things. We also went out into the city and did some shopping in the enormous malls in Dubai. I think that the number 1 sport in the UAE must be shopping… Not even kidding. We also got to enjoy some nice dinners out and watched the dancing fountains in downtown Dubai, right in front of the Burj Kalifa (the tallest building in the world).
Woke up early this morning and we sent out for the airport…. That about brings me to now. There will be more updates coming, hopefully at least once a week in the future.