Twelve Days Out

I am getting ready to go abroad!! My plane takes off in twelve days. It is crazy to think that I will be in such a different place so soon. Packing has been very strange. I am bringing a minimal amount of clothing and personal items for five months (eek), only a couple of pairs of pants and a handful of skirts, dresses and shirts. My suitcase seems like it has more medication than clothing in it, but I am very okay with that. Getting sick while on my trip is the last thing I want to do.

Everything still feels so unreal to me at this point. Even with such a short time left in the US before I leave, I cannot really imagine what it will be like in Kigali. It will be interesting to look back at this post in a couple of months time and remember what it felt like to dream about being in East Africa. A little part of me still cannot believe that this semester abroad is finally happening. I have been thinking about this since my first semester at Southwestern in the fall of 2009. Everything has just fallen into place so perfectly and I am beyond thankful.

Flying is going to be so exciting, I love airplanes. Traveling such a great distance in such a short amount of time is intriguing to me. I like to think that I am traveling through time in a way. Of course I am only accomplishing this by crossing through time zones but the idea of time travel clearly beats that of entering and exiting time zones. Also, I love the fact that I will be leaving a relatively chilly and wet Georgetown Winter and going to a Rwandan Summer! According to, highs in Kigali are around 80 degrees for the rest of 2011, something I am going to undoubtedly enjoy more than the 50s and 60s of Georgetown. I love that I get to skip out on the rest of Winter this year, it is definitely an added bonus to everything I am already so excited about!

For everyone that contributed to my trip (in any way), I thank you so much! You are giving me the opportunity of a lifetime that I am so excited about. This list is extremely long but includes my family, bosses, advisors, professors, friends, program directors, doctors, etc. I am sure I forgot plenty of people but it would take quite a while to list everyone that I would like to thank. Anyways, y’all have helped make my dreams come true and that means the world to me 🙂

I apologize that this post is not that interesting but I still have a week and a half until my life becomes considerably more adventurous and exciting! Well, I guess this is it for my first post. Until next time….which may or may not be posted from American soil…

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  1. mom

    Good thing you were in cross country or you may not have run fast enough to make your flight. How many parrots were squaking outside your window? I love you. Over and out, love Christian. P. S. I hope you’re having fun.

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