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The final countdown

Sitting in my comfortable suburban home, it seems hard to believe that by tomorrow night (or tuesday morning) I will be walking off a plane onto Africa soil.  It doesn’t seem real that I’m going to be spending the next nine weeks of my life in Ghana and Senegal.  This will be my first time out of the country (If you don’t count my two hour trip to a Canadian truck stop) and my first time riding in a plane for over 2 hours.  I have no idea what to expect, but a slough (haha) of expectations.  For the next nine weeks, I hope to open myself up to experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and living life to the fullest….I want to be completely open to all experiences that come my way, in hopes that this trip will allow me to grow as person.   I know it sounds cliche, but this is really the opportunity of a lifetime and I hope to take advantage of it in every aspect.  Although I will admit that I am a little afraid, I think a little fear makes things more exciting.  I cannot wait for the adventures ahead of me in the coming months, and will be sure to keep you all posted (although I’m not sure how good the internet access will be) 

Everyone cross their fingers that I have a safe flight, don’t get tomato-red sunburn, avoid contracting malaria or any odd diseases and have the trip of a lifetime! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

7 Responses to “The final countdown”

  1. Jessie!

    I wish you the best of luck with your term, and I can’t wait to read about what you are doing over there! Safe travels, Augustana will miss you!

  2. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG csd classes wont be the same without youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

  3. Have fun!!!!!!! I hope this is as exciting as your trip to a Canadian truck stop lol! Miss you!!!

  4. that will be awesome jessie!! :) I’m sooo soo pumped to hear more about Africa from you in person in the fall!!! You are going to get there safely and not contract any diseases!

  5. AHH I can’t wait to hear more!!! I’ve always wanted to go to africa!! Be safe, love you!

  6. Nice usage of the word “slough”, jeffrey. I thought I saw your red hair in the music lab today, but then I realized that’s impossible because you’re in Africa.

    - B.V.

  7. Jessie!! So I just read all of your blogs..in the opposite order you posted them. I woulda thought they were posted first to last..not last to first. Needless to say i was slightly confused for a minute. Anyways I love reading your stories!! They’re so vivid! I feel like I’m there. Sounds like you’re having an amazing time over there. We miss you!! Our house isnt the same without you. I dont get to go on adventures at 1am when i should be studying anymore. Kinda depressing. I can’t wait to see you again!

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