By Rebecca Corey, KF9 Tanzania
I’m sitting in terminal three at Dubai’s International Airport. The moving sidewalk beside me sounds like horses trotting on a packed dirt road. Since my 14-hour layover began a several hours ago, I’ve heard the Islamic call-to-prayer twice over the airport intercom system, followed soon after with enticing invitations to browse the duty-free shops that run down the center of the terminal. I should be sleeping, re-setting my internal clock, but the fluorescent lights and ribbons of Arabic that stream from the ceiling won’t let me rest.
Hi, my name is Rebecca Elizabeth Yeong Ae Corey, and I am a member of the Kiva Fellows Program’s 9th class. I trained for a week in San Francisco, had two days to pack up my bags and say my goodbyes in my hometown of Athens, Georgia, and now I am headed for Tanzania. Once I get to Dar es Salaam, I will settle into a homestay and begin work at Tujijenge Tanzania, Ltd., one of Kiva’s field partner MFI’s. I’m en route. I am Tanzania bound.
Tanzania bound. This is one easy way of saying where I’m headed, my destination. But, being an English major in college and the daughter of a poet, my head immediately spins with what other meanings these words might bear.
So what does it mean to be bound?
- to move with a leap or series of leaps
- to spring back from a surface after striking it, as a ball; bounce; rebound
- confined by or as by binding; tied
- closely connected or related
- certain; sure; destined
- under compulsion; obliged legally bound to accept
- ready to go or going; headed: often with for bound for home
- Archaic ready; prepared
- a boundary; limit
- an area near, alongside, or enclosed by a boundary
out of bounds
- beyond the boundaries or limits, as of a playing field
- not to be entered or used; forbidden