things i am inevitably looking forward to:
-hammocks. lots of them
-hot weather. not just warm, but HOT.
-living in Spanish
-lakes and volcanoes inviting me to explore
-meeting people with the same mission as me
-wearing cotton dresses and sandals every day
-sleeping under mosquito net...i know that sounds odd, but it's true
things i am NOT looking forward to and thus am trying to prepare myself for:
-bugs. all of them. in all varieties.
-machismo...i wonder how long i can patiently handle the hissing and cat calls
-gallo pinto: rice and beans, fried and then refried for the next meal
-code switching - that part of language transition that makes you feel stuck
-loneliness/homesickness - this is inevitable
i talked to the Nica desk today, and all things in my file are a go, no last minute hitches, thank goodness. staging kits get mailed the end of this week. by next week, i will have my flight info for flying to DC for staging. that is when it gets really real.
i'm finding myself thinking in a lot of "lasts". like, this is my last free weekend in KC. or that was my last time to be home before i come home to pack. or, this can NOT be my last margarita at Cactus Grill with my friends. i don't know if this is really helpful, but i find myself wanting to soak up as much as i can while i am here. and while i know many of my closest friends will still be here when i return, i don't know how that will look when i get back. and that's where i have to stop my over analytical mind because otherwise i'll get sick. so here's to soaking up the last goodies of the good ol US of A. if you are a KCer and have a "last time" thing we should do, let me know!