The past 24 hours have been a blur (and for some reason I don't think that is going to be the only time I use that phrase). Meeting 14 new friends (seriously guys, how did I get so lucky to go with such cool people?), eating In 'n Out Burger, and getting energized and even more excited about this journey, I can honestly say that I think I am as ready as I am going to ever be.
We are hanging out in the hotel right now, waiting for the bus to the airport, getting our last minute goodbyes in and letting reality sink in. In just over 5 hours we will leave LAX for Auckland, New Zealand, I'll cross the International Dateline (never getting to see September 3), then have a brief layover and hop on a plane headed for Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
In preparation for the 13 hour flight, I have my motion sickness meds packed (4 different kinds - don't want to vom on the plane), SeaBands, my childhood teddy bear and empty water bottles (my mom says it's important that I drink lots of water. See how I listen Mom?) along with everything I think I'll need for 27 months of service.
I'll update as soon as I can. In the meantime I'll let you take a gander at this fine-looking crew ... Let me introduce you to the 77th Group of Peace Corps Trainees heading to the Kingdom of Tonga (we're actually missing two in this photo, but I'm sure you'll see them on this blog soon!).