Thursday, January 8, 2009

I made it!

Well hello there! Now its my turn to say hello and that i made it here safely. So after leaving really early in the morning from Champaign it was a long journey taking a total of about 27 hours of air and airport time. The flight from Washington to Doha was very nice. the crew was helpful and it was full to capacity with screaming babies and people making Doha their final destination or just a stop on the way to elsewhere. The gentleman sitting next to me was very interesting and was going to meet his new fiance in Karachi, Pakistan, so we bonded on our journeys to meet up with our loved ones from far away!
Once i arrived in Doha, it was surreal, it seemed like only a few hours before that i saw the sunrise over Ireland and then set over the Saudi desert. The weather was cool and slightly humid but a welcome change from the sleet and freezing rain that i left in Champaign. Our host Denny Roberts greeted me and was so gracious to drive me to education city and his villa where we are staying.
This morning after waking up at 4:30 am and not being able to get back to sleep (a common occurance apparently) i was able to get a little breakfast before getting on the road to Al Khor to see Kristen and the students finish up the Leadershape program, something i thought was a great experience for me to see in action. I am really proud of Kristen, she did a great job and a lot of the students really enjoyed meeting her and learning from her. After that we hit the road back to Doha and a quick bite to eat. We are getting ready to go to Education City for a bit this afternoon where they are having a demonstration about the goings on in Gaza. I am interested to see how the opinions over here are expressed in a learning environment.

That's all for now!

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