I have 52 days left stateside. I am happy and anxious and a little sad all at once. Got all my final lab results in this week. Unless something is amiss, I have no more medical appointments. Just catching up on the bills and packing stuff up. Lucky for me this month is 30 days of biking month. I missed yesterday, I think the weather was depressing and a bit cold, I bought ice cream and cuddled up in a blanket and watched TV. Yeah I do not so much like the gray skies. They pretty much depress me.
I have started helping in some local classrooms in my excessive free time. I could go get a real job, but that seems like a bad idea. I really like the students and find their various academic abilities to be fascinating. I have never really thought about being a teacher before. Yet here I am counting down the days until I am put in charge of my own classrooms.
Today I meet up with a friend and we are going to bike somewhere. No real agenda, just somewhere. I kind of just need to get out of the house and the weather looks decent. I have been packing up some of my winter gear as I get ready to leave. I know that I will not be needing insulated anything in Liberia.
I have borrowed Richard’s car this week. His birthday is Tuesday and I wanted to make him something special. This requires a trip to a store I cannot access by bike. I am sure I could if I could figure out how to get there, but then there is the shopping to be done and I am making excuses. I thought that since I have the car, maybe I should pack some of my stuff up and take it to my dad’s. All my stuff is stored there. I do not have much stuff, but the few things I cannot take with me will go to dad’s. Since I am headed down south, I may as well stop off and see my mom, and anyone else that is around that day. I have one friend that I will stop and see for sure.
Crazy as it sounds, I have one suitcase almost completely packed up. It is mostly clothes and DVD’s and books that I will not be using here. The second suitcase is partially packed, actually it is more of storage for things I don’t need here, but will over there. I only have a few items left to get. I need a couple of can openers, some toiletries, a swiss army knife and perhaps a hammock. I also need to have a bit of cash to carry on me.
As I get closer to the day, I feel more anxious. This is not a huge surprise. I tend to over think and over plan everything. I totally overpacked for my ride last summer. Now I have to plan for 27 months, I know much of what I have can be purchased there, but still some comforts of home are nice.
I have been in a Facebook group with current volunteers and many of the people who I will be heading over with. I at least will have an idea of who I am with and what to expect. The most current thing is the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. This is a very serious and scary disease. As much as I am against ridiculous vaccinations, there are certain things one must do to protect oneself. I am not going to go to a location with water and sanitation issues and malaria and not be prepared. As much as I hate DEET, you bet your big toe I will use it.
In our society there are many things that I take for granted. I am not a fan of chlorination of the water supply, but know it is needed. The whole floridated water is upsetting to me. But these are things I will likely embrace when water is scarce and sketchy.
Stupid WordPress did not publish this. This is an older post that should have been published in the beginning of April. I edited the days left but otherwise read this in a past tense.