i realized this is the first time i've boarded a flight out of the u.s. completely, 100% by myself. no group or even friend to fall back on - i won't meet the organization or my friend tamar until i'm already there tomorrow morning. it's a little lonely, but not so bad without even a layover! and i know it'll be a fabulous two months and i can't wait.
today was hectic since we ended up having to drive home from nashville, (for complicated reasons) missing our flights and arriving late last night. i loved nashville and hope to even make a blog post about it soon! but for now, senegal. today was full of last-minute errands and odds and ends stuffed into my ever-growing suitcase. saying goodbye to some family in person, and making a few phone calls as well. taking deep breaths, enjoying the company of my favorite people, giving lots of hugs, experiencing those inevitable pre-travel jitters but staying calm and knowing i'm ready.
goodbyes are always hard, and change is a challenge. i will miss so many people, and this trip will be crazy and very hard at times but i know it'll also be completely rewarding and lots of fun. i'm going to fall in love with the people, culture, and sights of west africa. i'm so lucky. i can't wait.