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What do you want to do the next time you travel abroad?

learn a language, study abroad, volunteer in a needy community, work with the environment, experience a new culture through studying, experience a new culture through volunteering, meet new people, change the world [somehow], adventure travel

  • 27 years old
  • From California, United States
  • Currently in California, United States

My Trip South

This will be about my travel down to Ecuador. Including my adventures in the Galapagos and the surrounding area.


United States California, United States  |  May 30, 2011
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 My Crazy Mind Before I Leave 

I want to start by thanking the staff of Proworld for all the support I have been receiving as I am trying to get last minute travel plans figured out; as well as thank my friends and family for dealing with my spontaneity. So I have decided to make this journal entry kind of my debriefing and the thoughts that have been going in circles in my brain. The fact they have been going in circles does not mean they make any sense at all by the way.  

I have never been away from home this long before. My trip to India was about three weeks and it was with a whole group of people I knew before departing. I am finding myself having the greatest amount of nerves I think I have ever had. It almost feels as if I am jumping from a really high area. The problem being that I am not sure what awaits me when I hit the ground. I actually am most nervous for the plane ride. It is not that I am terrified of it I just am nervous about having my luggage lost or what if I get sick on the plane? They are already so cramped; being the sick lady on board would be so bad.

Once I am there I am looking forward to meeting the people and enjoying the food. I really hope there is green mango. I don’t know for sure if it is there but I am keeping my fingers crossed. Other than those two things the other thing I am looking forward to is the stars. I love looking at the sky and wondering is someone I know is looking at the same thing just later or earlier in the day. But the stars below the equator are different : ) This means completely new to my eyes. Will I notice the difference? I think I will even if it is just a little bit.

With all my nerves and worries I cannot stop this excitement. This joy as to what my life will become from this trip. Will it be something as simple as me learning how to interact with complete strangers? Or will it be something that changes who I am and makes me a better person? My friend helped me find this verse and I find it very significant to how I feel and pray to remember. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12:9 No matter where I go I want to remember this. For any changes that may come I pray that my faith may only grow.

With this I will end my first entry. I am nervous but super excited. I still need to pack and get last minute things done here at home before my adventures. Only a few days left and I have way too much to try and fit into these last 72 hours. Love you guys and thank you for all the support and love. I will try and keep you guys posted on my adventures : )

P.S. If you want to write to me or email me please do. I would love to hear from everyone while I am away! Mail has a delay but I should get it. I am asking for people to go ahead and talk to me mother about how to get things to me so then there will be a likelier chance of it actually making it to me. Also please understand that I will probably only get internet on the weekends; therefore my replies may be short and/or delayed.

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