20 hours, 3 cities, a world of friends

I always forget the great satisfaction that washes over when first sitting down on a plane, especially for long flights.  This time I was so exhausted the relief of having nothing to do, with 18 hours to do it sparked a glee I hadn't seen in a long time.  Of course I was not too exhausted to meet amazing world travelers.

The flight from Boston to Amsterdam was what I call a "chaser" flight.  Literally the plane is chasing the sun, and eventually the two catch up.  Luckily it was at just this point that I opened my eyes, just in time to see the bronze hue pour over the hovering clouds below.  And even farther down the Atlantic Ocean, vast blue expanse passing beneath us.

In the Amsterdam airport I met Wesley.  Wesley is from rural Kenya and now lives in the US.  He came to Louisville to study premed, but felt limited by his degree, wanting to be able to effect more people in his country than he believed medicine would allow for.  Currently he is a Nike sponsored professional runner, and he uses his winnings to create better spaces for kids in Kenya.  His dream is to open libraries and early childhood centers for exploratory learning so that children in Kenya will have the core knowledge and experiential learning they need to think creatively and explore their personal interests.  I am hoping to meet with him again as I feel he could be an integral piece of this puzzle.

It was so wonderful to find friends waiting for me off the plane.  Eddie greeted me with a smile and a hug, and I was humbly reminded how much Kenya feels like home, our friends here more like family...

I am SO looking forward to tomorrow!  I can't wait to see my friends at Red Rose.  Jennifer and Lucas are rested and ready to go!  I better get resting too; the howling dogs outside my window are reminding me that the nighttime hours are sneaking by...