Well Pella itself was not the issue tonight. In fact, Pella has great streets with little windmills and all. They are easy to read. The roads seem pretty much straight--no strange or unexpected turns due to rivers and what not. The issue came in tonight due to the following issues:
- the individual in charge of the logistics of the conference did not provide attendees with the address of the college president's address
- the address is not posted online
- college students are not the most clued-in people ever (i.e. an inability to give directions to places outside of the college campus)
- there are at least 3 streets with the exact same name in Pella--that DO NOT connect
- Main St. is under construction and there are little to no signs about detours (the student left that direction out)
I suppose in the end, the statement that "Everyday in service-learning is an adventure" certainly held up. In fact, I can't really think of a time that this statement hasn't been true. In reality, getting lost in Pella, Iowa isn't that big of a deal. It is just highly annoying.
There has been some good/entertainment that has come of my time in Pella. Here are some of my favorite quotes overheard while eating at the local "Pizza Ranch" (which serves not only pizza, but also fried chicken, fried fish, mashed potatoes, and green beans).
- "I only have 2 brain cells left--one is in critical condition."
- "Hi, what's your name?" "Cody" "Oh, hi Jody." "NO--CODY!" "Hi, Jody." "NO!!! CODY!!!"
- "I am in an ornery mood tonight."