So 23 hours until I am on a plane headed out of the country. I've done everything I can do. No more preparing. Time to enjoy the day in the good ol' USA while I can. I'm going to be gone for many months, and I am going to miss it. I'm going to miss a lot. The food, the fireworks, the language, the general efficiency of being able to get shit done, but most of all the people - specifically people I know and love, but all the people too. I will miss it all.
But I am very excited to enter a world that I really know nothing about. No matter how much research you do, you really don't know much until you are there. There are so many things that I don't know that I don't know! There will be so many things to see and touch and taste and smell and hear. I think that covers all the senses. I have no idea what adventures I will get into, what people I will meet, or if I will like any of this. That is what is so excited.
I'm excited to write about all these places and take as many pictures as possible. I want to give a you an idea of what these places are like. I want to understand the landscape, the architecture, the people, the food, the society. I know I won't really understand it in the short time that I will be at these places, but I want to do my best.
Of course I am nervous as well. But as I have said before, doing anything worthwhile is a little scary. You can't let that stop you or you will never do anything worthwhile. I think that hiking the Appalachian Trail really helped me prepare for this journey. It's definitely a different kind of adventure, but lessons can still be applied. We faced adversity, we struggled, we had to deal with people, we didn't always know where we would be sleeping, we walked. I'm sure all of these things will come into play again. I'm more prepared and more confident this time around.
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I'll talk to you from the other side of the world. Cheers.