Monday, June 7, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

So I'm off for an adventure of a lifetime! Headed to Zambia, Africa to do some volunteer work at a village there. I have been planning this trip for over a year, and now that it's actually here, I must admit that besides being absolutely thrilled, I'm scared out of my mind! I've never left the country in my entire life, so I figure why not head to Africa to start?! But here's the thing...I am the worst overpacker in history! I mean when I go to visit my parents for the weekend, I bring like twelve shirts, five pair of jeans, several pair/types of shoes, a hoodie and a bathing suit (even if it's not hoodie/bathing suit season), and usually at least two dresses (ya know, just in case one isn't enough for a weekend in Sanpete county)! This is a little problem for me due to the fact that I am leaving the country for three weeks and all I'm allowed to take is a CARRY-ON with the dimensions of 22x18x10. And trust me people, that is not very big! But don't you worry, my sisters came to the rescue (again). We went shopping all over the valley looking for carry-on luggage to suit the restrictions, and of course found the best bargain at TJ Maxx (yes, I'm my mother's daughter...I can't help it)! Anyway, I'm officially done packing and miraculously I was able to fit everything I need in my bag! I have provided some photos of my suitcase just to prove that I'm actually capable of "packing light."

Alright, speaking of my that my trip is getting so close, a couple of my good friends have provided me with some "Africa Care Packages" complete with sugary treats (they know me well), figurines of jungle animals, a plethora of hand sanitizer, and you guessed it...condoms! Yep, thanks, to a trusty friend, I'm now the proud recipient of a giant box of contraceptives! He thinks he is so funny and is convinced that this single box will begin the quest to conquer the spread of AIDS in Africa! It's the thought that counts I guess, but it still made me feel a little comfortable!

Well people, I'm taking a temporary hiatus from the blogging world and completing a bucket listing adventure...Stay tuned for pics in about three weeks :)