Today’s the Day!
So, this is supposed to be my pre-departure post, but I’m technically in the air on the way to San Jose. Close enough, right? WOW. I can’t believe I’m actually on the way to Costa Rica right now. This day has seemed so far away for so long, and now it’s finally here. It’s been a crazy past couple of weeks, but somehow I made it!
I’m not exactly sure why, but some people tell me that I’m a bit of a procrastinator. I guess it would have been a good idea to figure out all the best packing tips before I started packing, but I think it worked out fine… hopefully. Let me just say that vacuum packing bags are a LIFE SAVER. I really don’t know how I would have done it without them. Luckily my mom is the world’s best packer, so she somehow managed to arrange all my stuff so it fit just right. We’ll see how well it goes when I have to pack everything up by myself when I go home. My biggest bag weighed in at a whopping 50.5 pounds (the limit is 50), but the nice US Air man didn’t say anything. Thank goodness.
It’s so weird to think that I won’t be back on in the United States for almost 5 months. There are definitely some things that I am going to miss a lot. Of course I’ll miss the big things like my family, friends, and church, but there are a few random things that I’m not quite sure how to live without. Sweet Tea. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more than a week or two in my life without at least a sip of that heavenly drink. Nanny, please have a pitcher ready when I get back. Jamz. If you know me, you know this is a term I use to refer to songs that I can, well, ‘jam’ to combined with the act of enjoying said songs, whether it be blasting the radio in my car and singing at the top of my lungs or impromptu dorm dance parties. I’m gonna miss those annoying American pop hits. My bed. Man, I’ve been spoiled with this almost two month break I’ve had at home getting to sleep in my comfy queen-size every night. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep at home.
I probably used the “this is my last week in America” excuse waaaaay too many times in the past week, but hey, it got me almost all my favorites one more time. Despite all the things I’ll miss about good ole North Carolina and all my fears going into this, I am beyond grateful to have this incredible opportunity before me and to have all the prayers and support of so many friends and family members. I know that this experience is going to be life-changing, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what’s in store!
Next up: Orientation in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve!