In less than 8 hours, I will be boarding my plane and beginning my journey to Costa Rica. I have a feeling I forgot to pack something, although that is unlikely because I have checked and rechecked the packing list so many times. I think this feeling is just a reflection of the nerves and anxiety that have periodically taken over me. In the past 24 hours, my emotions have been bouncing back and forth, from excited to nervous and then to excited again. I am excited; I have been preparing for this trip since the beginning of summer, and now the time has finally come! I am nervous; I wonder if it will be easy to make new friends and connect with the other kids on the trip. Overall, I think my excitement outweighs my nerves, especially as the trip gets closer and closer.

Yesterday, I spent the day with my friends and the evening with my family. My friends and I went to my favorite pizzeria, where I ordered my favorite grilled chicken and broccoli slice. I have a huge pizza addiction, and in order to survive without it for ten days, my pizza lunch yesterday was necessary. Seeing my friends before I left was also necessary. Keeping up to date with what’s going on in my hometown and talking to my friends might be hard while I’m in Costa Rica. Although, the lack of communication might be difficult to handle at first, I think it will allow me to focus on the things going on around me. In the evening, I had dinner with my family. I rolled my eyes as my mom and dad lectured me with a million different safety precautions. But, I know that my parents were being reasonable, and I will keep what they said in mind.

I can’t wait to be in Costa Rica. Through my Wandering Scholar Project, I have learned so much about the country. It only feels right to finally be physically visiting it!