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!