My flight from Pittsburgh to Paris was delayed about an hour and a half. We (my parents and I) didn't know this until we got to the airport. With the delay, I had about an hour in Paris to catch my connecting flight. And if I didn't make that flight, I'd be put up in Paris (not too shabby) until Saturday when the next flight to Niamey was. So all we could do was pray that I would make my flight and arrive to Niamey Friday afternoon, as originally planned. In the meantime, and since my parents were with me, we enjoyed the delay by having one last dinner together in the airport! Like I said before, there was an exciting calmness I felt as we dined.
|Mandatory selfie with the parents :)|
As I sat at my gate (and stood, for I knew I'd be sitting a long time in the next 16 hours), I heard my name called to the front desk. The man asked me if I liked middle seats. I replied "No, I actually hate them." He continued to inform me that he switched me to a window seat (my favorite!). I really couldn't believe it for some reason, because I hadn't really shared that with too many people, but God knew! AND! the night before, I had missed watching the sunset. (If you know me at all, sunset watching is a big deal). But guess what?! God knew that, too! Because of the delay and because of my new window seat, I was able to watch the sunset over the Pittsburgh horizon one last time! Even as we flew, the sky line burst with colors of oranges, yellows and reds. I was ecstatic. God knows even the little desires of our hearts.
|The view of the fading sunset from my window seat!|
I was picked up from the airport, and graciously dropped off at my new home, welcomed by my new roommates! Before I had a chance to do much else, we all went to dinner (with the single ladies staying on Sahel's campus). We shared a delicious meal and laughed as we chatted. It was an excellent welcome to Niger.
|My roommates welcoming me on the first day!|