From July through December 2011, this is where I'll be. Here are the tales of my adventures!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One post about Texas

I'm almost ready to leave my hotel in Houston and head to the airport so I can finally start this international journey, but I had to post one thing....
Even their waffle irons have state pride.

FML (And I rarely use the phrase)

You always wonder what can go wrong when you're flying in airplanes. Sure, this isn't the worst thing that could happen. I am alive, after all. Here's my utterly depressing story explaining why I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Houston Texas and NOT on my way to Ghana...

Originally I was supposed to fly from LAX to Houston, connect 2 hours later to DC and 2 hours later, get on the flight to Ghana with the rest of the EAP group. Instead, there was no crew for my Houston flight so it got delayed 2.5 hours. Needless to say, I wouldn't be making my connecting flight to Ghana from DC so I went about trying to figure out another solution. After talking with 3 different Continental Agents, my new itinerary has me going from Houston to Amsterdam in the morning, and then to Ghana 7 hours later.

A few issues:
My bus to the University won't be there since I'm not with the rest of the group anymore. My luggage is now in DC. It won't be sent to Ghana until I have already arrived so I'll need to have it sent to my address. I don't actually know my address, but hopefully I'll have that figured out by then.

So now I wait. I wait in Texas angrily shaking my fist because George Bush (International Airport) has once again screwed me over. Not only in regards to airplanes, but also financially. Funny how ironic that is.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's 1 in the morning. I'll be leaving my house in approximately 4 hours to head to LAX and then I'm off on my magical adventure! After talking with another returnee, I discovered that internet access may not be as readily available as I had initially expected. Apparently I may not even have it for a few weeks at a time so we'll see how frequently these posts occur...


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bump in the road Pt. I

Well, if you DO NOT want to hear a disgusting story...stop reading now.

Last week, what I thought to be a mildly infected bug bite ended up turning into an abscess. The best way I can describe while sounding extremely attractive is a huge sack of blood, pus, and bacteria that formed under my skin on my leg.

It was growing and hardening each morning, but the optimist in me was hoping it would naturally work itself out. HA WRONG. I went to Student Health and had to get it cut open and drained and now I have an open wound on my thigh with gauze literally sticking out of my leg. It almost looks like I've sprouted flower from my thigh!

Anyway, the antibiotics that I'm supposed to take for it interfere with my live oral Typhoid vaccine that I'm supposed to take so the doctors told me to take it later, but here's the problem: when I get to Ghana, I'm supposed to show verification that I've been vaccinated for Typhoid.

So here I am, worried that I'm not going to be able to do the one thing I've been planning for 2 years, open wound in my leg, and completely unsure of what to do next. Lucky for me, student health gave me the typhoid injection right there on the spot! It doesn't interfere with my meds so now all I have to worry about are my malaria pills and you know, the casual hole in my leg.

Either way, this combined with a number of other unfortunate events has made me realize that it's still a good thing these things are happening now rather than once I've already left for Ghana.

2 weeks from today! The journey is finally here!!!