Sometime before 5am, my alarm starts to go off. Gently at first, the volume keeps rising until I'm awake enough to make it stop. It doesn't take long. Even though it is far earlier in the morning than I would normally wake up, this morning is different. I haven't had a really restful night anyways, and have heard at least one of my roommates rustling around in their section for a little while already. It's screening day, and we all need an early start.
Knowing my brain perfers not to function first thing, and that I would want to sleep as late as humanly possible, I set out my clothes the night before. Heck, I even ironed them! (owned my own iron for two years... never used it so I sold it! hehe!) I got changed in the back room, waiting for my turn in the bathroom. (Four girls, one bathroom... it gets tight sometimes!) Then went upstairs for one of the fastest breakfasts that I've had in a while. About 5 mins later I was filling my two waterbottles and grabbing my bag for the day, leaving the light on in my room to help my last roommate get the energy to get out of bed.
Then it was upstairs to the cafe to gather with my assigned group and then off to our landrover. As a teamleader, responsibility fell on me to be in the first half of those going to the screening site. It was my job to get my station prepared and my group ready to go. Still pitch black outside, the landrovers lined up in a big convoy, which is definitely one of many highlights of the day. Cruising down the pre-dawn streets, I'm reminded that all big cities seem to be full of people who don't sleep. Pedestrians are all around, no matter the hour!
As we approach the entrance gates, people along the street start running, as though our arrival means they might be too late to join the long line. Gazing off into the distance, it's hard to make out due to the low light, but I'm fairly certain I can see the line disappearing around the curve in the road. And my heart lifts in praise, it looks like the word really did get out!!!