At the airport, I said goodbye to Michael for the next 88 days. He will be leaving for Sao Tome before I get back so we'll be separated for quite some time.
Before going through security, Tina (someone from my group who was on the first flight with me) and I saw Tiffany (another girl from our program) who we didn't know was on that flight and I was so glad to find out that I had a travel buddy for the rest of the trip since Tina and I separated at Detroit.
Here's a picture of Tiffany, Tina, and myself at Willard just before departure. All smiles before 23 hours of travel.
We boarded a teeny plane - only one seat, then an aisle, and then another seat. Needless to say there was quite a bit of turbulence. It also didn't help that the pilot said it was rather windy.
At this point in the trip I thought I was doing quite well. I hadn't cried or thrown up. But there was still plenty of time to catch up.