Friday, September 28, 2012

When It Rains, It POURS (literally)

So since I start working on Monday, I thought it would be a good idea to practice taking the bus to the town where I am working.  This requires a twenty minute walk to the bus station, thirty minute bus ride, and another ten minute walk to the school.  Because EVERYTHING here is unfamiliar to me, it seemed like a good idea to do a test run.  The keys to today's success were three things: intuition, courage and patience.  I found the bus station pretty easily, however it was pretty confusing once I got there.  I discovered that for some buses you buy tickets at the booth at the station and others you just buy right on the bus.  Eventually, I figured out that mine was the latter. So I hopped on the bus a quickly realized that only knowing the name of my stop was not going to help me, so I had to rely on the city names on signs to know when to get off.  Luckily, I got off at the correct stop.  Then, I realized that I have no idea where the school is, I forgot to write down directions.  I did have an idea of what direction it was from the bus stop because I had looked it up on google maps the night before, so after a bit of wandering and working up the courage to ask for directions, I found the school.  I found my way back to the bus stop and patiently waited for 45 minutes for the next bus to come. I was excited to be heading home again and everything was going smoothly until it started raining on my walk home... and not just raining... POURING.  I have never seen a heavier rain.  Within minutes, there were 3 inches of standing water on each side of the road.  Even though I had remembered my umbrella, it did not protect my bottom half of my body.

In conclusion the lesson I learned today is not to be afraid to get a little lost, trust intuition, and ALWAYS carry an umbrella.

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