Day 21 / by Hannah Harley

May 26th, 2015 Our journey to Kansas City began at 6:00 am. When the day started out, I didn’t intend to drive the entire way, but all of a sudden (by all of a sudden, I mean after about 6 hours of driving), I realized that I could do it. I could go for the entire 9 and a half hours. This was probably not the safest choice, but I was jiving. Between coffee and my audio book, I was ready to go.


But by the time we reached Kansas City, I was beat. We arrived at our housing after much confusion, but it was all good. After all, the housing was free (thanks to Karen ad AY Musik!). Unfortunately, I am still trying to pass my summer courses, so I had to go to Panera, where there was wifi. Once I got some work done, I managed to meet up with my uncle Ahmed.


We hadn’t sat down in what felt like years, but we clicked again like I was 13 years old again. We got drinks at a bar near his restaurant (Habashi House -- check it out if you’re ever in the area). He was one of the people who helped model me from a sassy, angry brat into a (still) sassy but at least less hostile human being. To say I’ve missed our weekly dinners is to grossly simplify the situation with just one emotion. But yes, I miss him, and it was so wonderful to be reunited. I can only hope it’ll happen again soon, but then again, he promised he’d come to Indiana some time soon. So I guess I won’t have to wait too long to be reunited. Yay!


I met up with Karen, Haley, and our new friend AY. We walked around, exploring Kansas City with him. He was filled with great energy and passion about what he’s up to, and I encourage you to check out what he’s up to these days! ( We taught him a little bit about stick shift, but we were all a little too exhausted to be too much fun. We headed back to our housing, beat from another long day.