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Joann vs. Jet Lag

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For most people I know, jet lag means waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep. For me, jet lag normally means sleeping twice as much as usual, which has made the past day here a bit ridiculous.

After the trip to the internet cafe yesterday, I went back to the lodge with every intention of getting some dinner at the lodge’s restaurant before getting to bed. Instead, I fell asleep at 7PM, and other than waking up briefly at midnight and for about an hour at 3AM, I slept through to 8AM. Absurd, yes. But it gets worse…

After packing up this morning after my long night’s sleep, I joined Charles, Rodgers (one of Hope’s multi-talented staff) and Ruth (the new farm accountant) for a drive to Ndola (where Hope’s school and orphanage are located). During the 4-5 hour drive that started at 10AM, I would say I slept about 3-4 hours. (This directly after having about a 12 hours of sleep overnight.) I can’t tell if this means I’m winning or losing at jet lag. 🙂

Unsurprisingly, I was awake enough upon my arrival to help my wonderful host family, the Mulandos, prepare a lovely Zambian dinner and catch up a bit. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, which should be a much more productive day in the office, and here’s hoping the worst of the jet lag is over!

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