As in, I’m leaving later today for my 25 hour trek across the oceans to visit a country I’ve never been to on a continent I’ve never visited. I’m so excited! I’m also freaking out!
Months ago, a colleague proposed that I join her study abroad program since I wasn’t offering my London program this summer. ”Absolutely!” was my response, of course, and the wheels starting turning. We got enough students; she made the plans; and off we go.
We’ll be there for the rest of the month, staying in one place for the majority of the program. I’ll be teaching a literature class and leading an independent study, as well as serving as an assistant to my colleague whenever necessary. I know my material but she knows everything else, so I’m definitely following her lead!
The bags are packed: one suitcase of my things, one duffel bag with clothes to donate to the local village, a backpack and a tote. I’ve run through the checklist, brainstormed with friends and gone through my bags several times, so I think I have everything I need. I’m not ready, as far as teaching goes, but I have a very long plane ride and time once we reach our destination, to get myself together in that regard.
I am so glad I’m doing this coming off sabbatical. I would be a hot mess if I was trying to finish the semester and preparing to leave the country. The week has been crazy enough, but at least I’ve been able to spread out all the tasks rather than having to do everything at the last minute.
I hope to post while I’m there, at least to share some pictures. We should have an internet connection – and electricity – but there’s no guarantee. So, if you don’t hear from me for the next month, wish me well and cross your fingers that I get to see a real giraffe!