I feel this summer has been one big countdown after another. Well, this one certainly is a biggie. In about 48ish hours, I’ll be leaving my apartment to go to the airport. I don’t think it has quite hit me yet. I’m both nervous and excited for this grand adventure. This trip won’t be the farthest from home I’ve been, but it’s close, and it is certainly the most “alone” I will have ever been. It’s the first trip in which I won’t be traveling with anyone I know or going to visit someone I already know.
This countdown has been much harder than the other two, though. It’s a very long time to be away, and I’m really going to miss all of my friends and family. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a community of friends in which I felt this loved. Everyone wants to know when I’m coming home–not just back to DC, but home. I really do belong to a family hear, and it’s such a great feeling to know that you fill an important spot in that family. It’s so hard to say goodbye to all of these people I have come to love fiercely. I can honestly say that I am in love with these people and can’t imagine my life without them. However, I know my feelings will make the reunion that much sweeter. I have cried more in the last two days than in quite a while (not counting Ukraine), and I know there are more tears to come tonight and tomorrow as I say goodbye to all my friends. For most of them, this will be the first time they’ve seen me cry–publicly, I’m not a huge cryer, and, for me, tears are like hugs. It says a lot about a person if I’m willing to share the experience.
I know some of you are wondering, and so here are some details which should put you at ease.
I leave Wednesday and arrive on Thursday. Someone will be meeting me at the airport. I will be staying in a dorm with my own bedroom and bathroom–the kitchen is shared. If you want to keep in touch with me, the best ways are through email and Facebook. If you want to hear my voice or see my lovely face, I also have Skype and a Google Voice number. Just ask for the details.