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Last Minute Thoughts

So today is my last day in the U.S. before I leave for my journey across the western hemisphere and there has been a lot of excitement mixed with a little anxiety over the past few days. 

After spending a weekend trying to finish all of my pre-trip assignments (that took much longer than I thought possible)  I was looking forward to a nice day to relax and hang out with my friends and family before I left.  Unfortunaely, I completely forgot about all the last minute shopping and packing that I still had to do.  So that is pretty much how I spent today. 

But while I was shopping for gifts for the families I will be living with and bug spray strong enough to kill tarantulas the reality that I’m leaving home for 2 months and going to places to experience once in a lifetime opportunities set in.  This morning I felt exhausted and just wanted to sleep, but now I’m wired and probably won’t get more than 2 hours of sleep tonight.  Even the food coma that I should be going into from eating way too much at Benihana’s for my goodbye dinner probably won’t help me get to sleep, but i’ll probably just sleep on the planes tomorrow and wake up in Ecuador!

My final thought for now is that one of the things I’m most excited about is meeting my family for the next 4 weeks and their dog.  I can’t wait to see what  life is like in Ecuador and have a great time!

3 Responses to “Last Minute Thoughts”

  1. Maggio,

    I miss you already and your mom’s tacos! I hope benihana was good and I will be replying to every single blog post from here on out

  2. Greg, sounds like everything is OK so far. Hope you are enjoying everything about your trip and learning a lot. They culture must be very different. I know you”ll make the most of you time there. Are you doing OK with the language? I bet they speak better English than most of the people in the states. Is the dialect very different? Take care. Love, Aunt Linda

  3. I’m doing okay with the language, and the only thing I’ve heard anyone say in English is hello, other than that it’s not too bad. The dialect is pretty different. There are a lot of words they use that I’ve never heard before, and they have different names for everything (ketchup is salsa de tomate…) but I’m getting along alright. I’m having a great time though!

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