Hello all! I begin my trip to Thailand in just a few short days! I am so incredibly excited to begin, and cannot wait to get there. In addition to going to Thailand, me and two other participants in the program will be flying to Tokyo for a few days before. This also excites me, as both countries are places I have always wanted to visit. Planning both has been such a fun experience, with the anticipation building each day. I have never been to this part of the world
before, so the opportunity to see two very different countries there is the experience of a lifetime.
I have never left the country or been on a longer trip without my mom and family before. Naturally, I was a bit anxious while packing and preparing things. I was very paranoid about forgetting things and just logistical problems we might encounter while there. But I know this is just nerves, and once over there the feeling of exploration will overcome any nervousness. I do expect to experience quite a bit of cultural differences, and wonder how that will affect my mental state and mood. In the same breath, it will be interesting to see and I am sure I will take away/learn things from it. I truly cannot believe I am about to start this trip and look forward to documenting it as I go!