Staging took place in Philly last Saturday. It was amazing. Kate, our leader, was a master at creating a community from 66 diverse individuals from around the country, representing many ethnicities and ages. We examined our commitment to PC and got to know each other through skits and working together on our thoughts for this new adventure that found us all the sudden friends about to embark on a journey of 27 months.
We didn't arrive in Thailand until Wednesday. Flight delays resulted in 12 hours at JFK in NY, an unexpected overnight in Japan (which was a bit of a blessing - for sleep and a very small Japanese experience). We arrived at midnight, took a bus for an hour and settled in about 3:30 in the morning. Training started 8 a.m. the next morning in a bit of a lack of sleep induced haze. It was a very productive day. PC Country Director and his staff filled the time with information about PC in Thailand, our core competencies we need to master to be sworn in, banking, phones, safety and security, health (including a rabies vaccine), and biking. A bit of overload in the morning, but biking and a fun language lesson revived the group. Ended the day with a lovely Bai Sri ceremony and a welcome dinner complete with karioke!