I have a feeling that I’m not going to walk to a museum today. I got up at the luxurious time of 8:30 and went down to find the breakfast room crammed with people. Usually I’m the only one in the room.
Then I arranged my shuttle to the airport (11:15 a.m.)
Next, I called laundry to have them wash all of my training clothing. I decided that I didn’t want to have that hassle once I got back home. They promised that I’ll get everything back at 4 pm (16:00) so I’ll plan to pack then. I learned to roll my clothing from my good friend Diana, so I’ll do that, rolling them around some of the more fragile items I purchased in Livingstone. Then I’ll fit in the training materials that need to come back with me.
I also washed out my underwear in the sink, using shampoo as my good friend Joan taught me to do. It’s all hanging on the line provided in the shower. Hopefully, it will be dry by tomorrow morning. There is no exhaust fan in the bathroom and all of the lights go out when I remove my room key card, so they dry much slower than they have when those conditions are not present.
My next task was to write up the training issues and needs for the Zambian PMTIs in bullet form for Piotr, who will be meeting with John in D.C. on Monday. That took a while, but I’ve sent it on to him. I can’t mail attachments for some reason, so I had to incorporate it into the email.
My plan is now to relax outside by the pool, reading and soaking in the atmosphere.
I did that, and then went into the “cake shop” that I’ve never entered before and got a chocolate walnut brownie. I read for the rest of the afternoon. My laundry came back at 16:00, as promised. I was able to pack up everything (even the wash I did this morning is dry now). I’m not sure how heavy my suitcase is. However, if it is overweight, then it is overweight. I’m not going to worry about it now.
I’m going to Skype with Jenny and then get ready for bed. This has been a grueling visit, so it has been wonderful just to relax without any time pressures. Ahhh…
I want to thank those of you who have written back to me during my trip. I have not felt lonely or isolated for a moment- and communicating with you through these messages has kept me feeling connected.