As the date of our trip rapidly approaches and we prepare, it still does not feel real. The fact that I am going to Alaska to film a documentary still hasn’t sunk in. Perhaps it won’t sink in until I step off the plane in Bethel. Even though I don’t feel like this is really happening, the excitement is still there.
This is going to be a completely new experience for me and I have no idea what to expect. Experiencing the Yup’ik culture and way of life is intriguing. Actually getting to be there and trying to understand it is definitely something I am looking forward to. Learning culture in a classroom or from a textbook is nothing like experiencing it. Different cultures have always been fascinating to me. The fact that I get to experience a culture I am not used to is definitely on my list of things I am looking forward to.
Another thing I am looking forward to is creating this documentary. I have done a lot of video in the past for class and for fun, but nothing quite like this. I’ve never really had a video team to work with. It’ll be interesting and fun experiencing and working with all of the wonderful students and faculty going on the trip.
Being somewhere I’ve never been is both worrisome and exciting. I like new things. It’s something out of the ordinary. It’s different. I am excited to be somewhere new and cannot wait to explore. However, being somewhere I have never been before is also a little frightening. The fact of not knowing what to expect in a place that I have little knowledge of may get a little overwhelming.
For the most part I am nothing but excited for my Alaskan adventure. It will be something unlike anything I have experienced before. Can June 8th just get here already? Can’t wait to be in the air, flying and on my way to Bethel.