A little over a year ago I was granted the opportunity to go to a place that many people only hear about, yet live to see.  Since that year I have only yearned to go back as soon as possible and that time is now within hours away.

My first ever trip out of the country, let a lone plane ride, was to the beautiful country of Uganda.  I remember everything that was going through my mind the days, hours, and minutes before landing in Africa for the first time; it is something that I will never forget.

It did not really hit me until our first day of meeting that I was going to be going back to the place that I have thought about every day for the past year.  It seems unreal in some aspects because who would have thought that a 23 year old from the small town of St. Edward Nebraska, would have the opportunity to go to a place such as Uganda two years in a row.

We have a whole new group of students going this year and I am very excited about it because I believe our group chemistry so far has been outstanding.  It takes a lot for a group of students who barely know each other to come together and be expected to travel with each other to a different country for two weeks; but something tells me that it will not be a problem at all.  Do not get me wrong, the group of students that I went with last year were amazing because I made so many great friends that I will always remember, not only because it was our first Ugandan experience together; but because just being with everyone and getting to know them was a great and fun time in its own. I also know that each and every one of them would love to go back with us this year if they could which says a lot in my book.

However, the emotions that I am feeling right now are ones that are actually very hard for me to put into words for you to read.  Heck, I can not even put them into cohesive and reasonable thoughts because there’s so much going on in my mind right now.  I am anxious, excited, nervous, etc….I guess you could compare me to a little school girl who is getting ready to go on a date with her first crush.  I mean these last couple of days I catch myself smiling for no reason other than the fact that I am thinking about going back to Uganda.

All in all, I’m ready, oh so ready to go back emotionally.  Physically is not the same case because a year ago I would have been packed and would have double checked my baggage at least four times.  However, I have yet to put anything in a suit case and still need to go to Target to get all of my awesome travel size gear (thanks a lot network tv for showing Cool Runnings; which I have not seen in ages).  The only thing I am really worried about is not packing enough white v-necks and boxers; oh yea, and my malaria medication and contacts and glasses and ipod and converter and books and pens and notebooks and sunscreen and bug spray and camera (as you can tell I am making my list of things I need now)…..anyways, talk with you all soon!

My very first picture taken in Uganda 2011

5 thoughts on “Emotions

  1. Chase, I am so glad you are coming with us again. I have been thinking so much of everyone from last year, and I love that the chemistry is jelling this year too.

  2. Chase! I can only imagine your excitement/nervousness/everything and anything else you’re feeling after last year.
    I’m so excited for you to get to be able to experience Uganda again(not to mention a little jealous!).
    I can’t wait to hear all about it through yours and everyone else’s blogs.
    Tell Herbert and Fred we love them!

  3. Chase, enjoy your travels, you are getting to travel to places that most of us will only know from reading about them or following friends on their travels. Safe travels, this sure beats being a lifeguard any day, doesn’t it?? I’m looking forward to the pictures and commentary of this year’s trip.

  4. We are so lucky to have you return with us, Chase. And having your sense of humor around won’t hurt, either!

  5. Chase, How is it going? We are so proud of you and know u will have a Great time and be resourceful in every way! Be safe! Enjoy! Love u lots We think u should be at your destination by now as it is 11:55 here
    Talk to u again!!!

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