30 Days til’ Mali

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written an entry but to be honest there hasn’t been much to write about.  I’ve more or less been enjoying my time with my family, shopping for gear for this trip, and working on my French.  I’m getting my things in order and going on one last trip with my brother in about a week (we’re going to Belize) before I head off to the great unknown.  As I prepare to head off to a foreign land with no family or friends I ask myself if I’m ready.  Am I prepared to live in a place where English isn’t spoken and where I’ll most likely be the only Asian within hundreds of miles?  Am I ready to live without creature comforts like running electricity, running water, and the intertubes?  Will I be able to learn the local language?  Will I be able to connect with the locals or am I doomed to loneliness as an outsider?  Will I make a meaningful impact or will I just be another person who tried to help the poor and failed?

I don’t really know what to expect.  All I know is that whatever happens I’m going to undoubtedly come back a completely different person.  At this point all I can do is hope for the best and take the plunge.

Song of the moment: Death Cab for Cutie – No Sunlight


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