This week, we got an unbelievable opportunity to see Mount Kilimanjaro, twice! Once in the morning and once as the sun was setting. What a wonderful way to begin and end a good day. As a geography major and political science major who aspires to become an urban planner someday, the past two days have been incredibly interesting to me. On both days, meetings have been held between our team, villagers, village leaders, community organizers, and government employees. We got to witness and be a large part of community planning; and how completely different it was from the planning I have witnessed back in the States. Still there are parallels. When planning projects like we are doing as we plan out the future of the canal, there will be those who get what they want and there will be others who do not. The goal is simply to do the most good for the most people; and still every person is going to have a different vision of what this looks like. However, today, as the community debated on the future of the canal’s funding sources things were looking up. Those at the meeting tended to agree on certain aspects, people still voiced their opinion, but progress was being made towards the future of the canal. This whole process of planning was just fascinating; there were heated moments, applause for the great work that has already been done, different ideas being presented, and even a bit of Cubs-Sox rivalry. Just looking forward to the great days still to come!