I loved being at home and wish I had a little bit longer to spend more time with everyone, but at least I'll be back for a bit in August! I am always so glad when I get to meet up with people I haven't seen in forever and turns out, since I'm never home, that's a lot! Squeezing everyone into my tight schedule never completely works, but I managed to get quite a few visits in.
Walks in the park, eating at my favorite restaurants, bowling, and visiting the botanical gardens in Buffalo were all a lot of fun.
I always forget how nice it is driving with my windows down and the smell of fresh cut grass in the air-- something that doesn't occur too often in New Orleans. It is always so comfortable coming back home, knowing everything will be the same. Along with visiting and hanging out, I was able to do some crafting. Making use of my mom's sewing machine, I made a few headbands to wear in Tanzania and a quillow (quilt and a pillow in one!) to bring to the family I stayed with last year. My 13 year old host brother loves soccer and I found a bunch of silly printed fleece material so I figured why not :). I used the one I made in 5th grade as a rough guide and just went for it. It turned out pretty well! I think I'll have to make some more for friends when I get back. I was really surprised with a few last minute donations for my trip before I left! Especially a group of Pioneer students who decided to dedicate the proceeds to their government service project to my Faraja efforts- thank you guys!!!
Not sure when I'll get my phone and internet figured out, but I will be sure to check back as soon as I can and post about my first few days in Tanzania! :)