Arrived in Philly around 8 am. After I got my all my baggage I had to figure out how I was going to carry it all and put it on but I was able to manage. Although I'm pretty sure the military guy that walked by was laughing at me as I struggled to put my huge pack on. Then I hailed a taxi and got to the lovely Holiday Inn in the historic district. I wasn't able to check into my hotel room so I had to waste some time until registration at noon. Once registration started it was cool to meet everyone and calmed some of my nerves a little bit. Basically during staging we did some ice breakers and learned about what was expected of us, what to expect in country, what we want to get out of PC, and why we made a commitment. After a short break we talked about everyone's fears, anxieties and threats. It was nice to hear and see that everyone in the training group has the same ones as me. It made me feel better about everything. We then ended the session with some logistics and this dot activity which made us think about thinking out-side of the box and remembering that the people in our training group are our family now. Aww pretty heart felt, but basically we should always remember that we have 57 other people who are going through the same things I am so don't forget to talk to them if you need someone to talk to. Oh by the way my group has 57 volunteers, 6 of which are married couples. Pretty cool, and no one has dropped out yet..
The hotel we are staying at is call the Big Five Lodge. Its pretty nice. We get to stay in these rooms that look like little huts. There is a pool but it is open from 10am-6pm so we won't get to use it that much. We are only going to be here until Friday and then we will go to the training village of Molepole (Moleps). Botswana people like to shorten things (Botswana-Bots, Molepole-Moleps, etc.). Everyone is very tried from the long days we have had, so pretty much everyone is taking showers, updating blogs and going to bed. Tomorrow we have to give up all our valuables (laptops, money, extra passports, etc.) to be locked up and not to be seen until June when training ends. Therefore I won't be able to be on the internet much at all after tonight unless I go to an internet café. So it was funny everyone was on their computers a little bit ago getting updates sent out and answering emails and such. Tomorrow starts some Setswana language training, malaria medications, and rabies shots! So far Botswana is very pretty and very hot, but I'm really excited to be here and its been great getting to meet all my fellow Bots-9 volunteers. I do miss everyone at home though and can't wait to hear from everyone! I get to get my new phone tomorrow so If you get a call from a weird number it is probably me. :)