As I sit here, I am about a week away from my next international adventure. One of the great things about my adventures is that I always get excited and nervous for them even if I have traveled to that location before and even though I have traveled thousands upon thousands of miles. That bite of anticipation and that feeling of "What have I gotten myself into?" settles in about a few weeks before the adventure begins.
Right now I am in the stage of "Oh crap, I need to pack!". One would think that me, being the extensive traveler that I am that I would not mind packing. They would be extremely wrong!!! I hate packing. Those that know me know that I don't use the hate word lightly! I just wish things could float right into my bag! :)
The problem is that, especially when you travel to a foreign country, you have to pack up everything you use on a daily basis since you most likely won't have access to it in your chosen destination. This makes for a huge list. Plus it just takes forever to put it all together and put it in the bag just right. I am actually a really good packer I just don't like the process.
Some of you may be asking where my next adventures might be taking me. Others already know! I will end the suspense! I am headed to Ecuador!! This is a true vacation and not a work trip. I am not doing anything quite as exciting as working with elephants but I am volunteering. I will be spending two weeks working on my Spanish as well as volunteering at an at-risk children's center and being a tourist. I am both excited and nervous. I really want to work on my Spanish since it has gotten a little rusty and I am going to try for a "Spanish-only" policy this time and really try to stick with it. I always like volunteering. I just get nervous, especially the first few days since it usually takes me a few days for my Spanish to come up to speed and children generally speak fast anyway but I am sure it will work out alright. I just hate that awkward feeling of being the new person that can't understand! :)
I will be participating in the above mentioned language program and volunteering program as well as a special, U.S. based project. However, rather than make this post six pages long I am going to save that for another post and tell you about all the organizations I am working with on this trip. There are some great organizations.
For now stay tuned for some great adventures and as always some hopefully great photos! More soon!!
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