Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pre-Departure Post

6 weeks.

In 6 weeks I will be boarding a plane in Washington, DC to go to Uganda, Africa for 3 months. There is no way I am ready for this. I am very very excited, but I am a little nervous though. It's one thing to visit a country, but living somewhere is an entirely different story. It will definitely be an eye-opening experience and I'm very excited to discover what the people of Uganda can teach me. Truthfully, I think I will benefit more form this trip than the people I'm serving. Yes, I will help empower them and enable them to overcome poverty, but the life lessons I will learn are priceless.

On a side note - I am very excited that this is going to be a family affair. My cousin Angie and her husband Ryan, and my other cousin Margo will be with me in Uganda. I think that having them along will only enrich my experience.

One of the things I'm most excited about is the pictures I will be able to take! Lions and tigers and children, and another culture. I am a firm believer in the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words". It's so true. I can describe things in the most vivid language, but nothing can replace a picture that traps a moment forever.

Any suggestions on what I should bring? The Complete Works of Jane Austen and The Scarlet Pimpernel already have reserved space in my bag. Accompanying them will be a large container of powdered Gatorade and many granola bars. I'm trying to figure out what other books I want to take and what other snacks I will be craving. Ideas would be wonderful!

I don't have anything else to say for the time being, but I'm sure the next 6 weeks will fly by and I'll be in country before I can say Uganda!

Over and out.