My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Adventure Home (Day 11 in Joburg-Dubai-London))

 As of 12:01 on August 26th, I was no longer a PCV.

So the plane arrives in Dubai right on time from Joburg.  8:30am the connecting flight leaves at 9:40am.  They unload us passengers on remote part airport where we walk down to the runway and get on buses.  And then the adventure begins.  The bus takes a torturous 20 minutes.  They unload us and several us begin to run to the new gate.  Which of course is on the other side of the huge airport, Twice, the carts that drive people around are empty with no drivers. So I arrive with 2 girls just after a guy followed by 3 others who all arrive between 9:15 & 9:20.  They tell us the gate is closed, the plane is sitting there, and then they let several more people on the plane.  It turns out due to the close timing of the transfer they took  us off the plane without telling us and sold the tickets to others, presumably stand byes, priceliners, etc.  Well, after listening to some pissed off passengers they gave us a free lunch and booked us on the next flight.  6 HOURS later.  So 3 South Africans, 3 British & 1 American sit around bitching about the airlines have some laughs and wait it out.  Now I am typing up my blog again.  But learned that this plane actually has wireless, its not free, but wireless on an airplane is something new in the last two years.

By the way, it’s my 40th Birthday. God is sure just pulling some funny timing in my life.  Basically its totally no big deal in the end only a few hours.  So next up is London.

Time in airplane: 45min Swaziland to Joberg, 8 Joberg to Dubai, 7 Dubai to London
Time in Airport: 3 hours Swaziland, 4 ½ Joberg. 7 hours in Dubai.


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