It’s still unreal to me that I’m leaving Seattle tomorrow to begin my journey to Senegal. All these months of planning and anticipating for the trip it’s crazy that it’s finally here. From the day I received the email that will literally make this summer the best yet, to the emails and skype chats with my mentor and The Wandering Scholar team. I thought this day would never come, and now that it did…I’m speechless. Needless to say, I’m really excited for this trip! I’m excited from everything to eating the exotic food, to meeting the Senegalese people, to exploring the beautiful land of Senegal.

But I can’t say that I’m not nervous. I’m nervous of the language barrier, the different living situation in the village, and the risk of catching malaria. But hey, everything comes with risks, so I might as well take them along the way or else I’ll never discover something new. On the other hand, I have to say that  I am dreading the long hours on the plane and considering that I’m getting to NY 12 hours before my flight to Senegal, let’s say…there will be a lot of “Vy Time” haha. Looking on the bright side, this is a lot of time for me to reflect and think about my life, so I’m grateful to have this much time to myself. In my daily life, I feel there’s no time for me to think, everyday is consumed with the busy life of jobs, schools, family, friends, and at the end of the day all I want to do is sleep.

Last but not least, I’m going to miss my friends and family so much. Saying goodbye to my friends was not the most joyful moments…I never find goodbye happy; regardless if it was a temporary or permanent goodbye. I Skyped some of my friends goodbye, we cracked some jokes and finally, when it was getting late, we wished each other a good summer, and that we’ll see each other soon. But one of the goodbyes my friend said to me was over a text and that was the one that touched me the most. I just realized that this was the longest we’re going to be away from each other, but it’s all going to work out (: I have yet to say goodbye to my family, and boy; I don’t know if I’m ready for that. But ready or not, it’s time to say goodbye.

Let this amazing trip begin (: