Friday, October 2, 2009
Well there are 2 and a half weeks left until I leave and the closer it gets the more nervous I get. I'm working on making sure I have everything I need and that it fits in my bags. The luggage limit is annoying but I'm trying to make it work. I finished working on Tuesday and now the rest of my time will be spent with friends and family. Lately I find it interesting to talk to people in LA doing study abroad and listening to their coping techniques for being a foreigner with no friends, trying to speak a language that they are still learning. Thankfully the way Peace Corps sets it up I wont be completely friendless when I arrive and most of our group has actually already introduced themselves to one another. It is still going to be a major adjustment so I'm mostly trying to mentally prepare myself. I just purchased Settlers of Catan to bring with me so that is pretty good insurance on my mental health. Now I just need to learn the Hausa and Zarma words for Wood, Brick, Ore, and Sheep and I'll be ready to go.