It’s interesting the way you look at life differently when you know your eyes are about to be opened, to something new, something foreign, something out of your comfort zone. As I zipped up my suitcase this morning I realized, this is happening, I’m leaving. I am going somewhere new. I am going to Costa Rica.
I never put much thought into how big this planet we live on really is. How your idea of a lot of people is so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. There are so many people living on earth I can’t even imagine them all. With that thought I got scared. I’m realizing as I’m writing this entry how big this world really is and how I’m officially starting to explore it. I’m terrified and excited at the same time.
The questions I began to ask myself were profound as I began laying each item down in my suitcase. First the socks, toiletries, clothes, shoes,etc. With every thing I placed I wondered “what will it be like? How do I pack for somewhere I’ve never been?” What if I don’t have a good time?” Then I came to the realization: this is my adventure. This is the experience of a lifetime. This is something I will never forget regardless of what my experience is like, good or bad.
Then I came to conclude that the world seems large and very daunting in the eyes of many, but if you don’t go out and explore it for yourself you may never find the similarities that make it small, comfortable, and caring. I think I’m gaining a better understanding of the saying “It’s a small world after all.” And with the logging off and shutting down of this computer I know the next time I write a blog entry I will be in beautiful Costa Rica. read more →
This is my very first blog entry ever. I have never been much of a blogger. I guess I was a little stuck in the old time, pen, paper and a journal. I think that this is a great way to journal using technology. This entry is about my thoughts on my documentation project that I will be working on during my travel abroad in Costa Rica.
My documentation project will be about making traveling abroad appealing to my peers. My documentation project will be based on a series of pictures and interviews with the locals of Costa Rica. I hope to be able to photograph the beautiful scenery and people I encounter. I also hope to be able to interview a few of the locals of Costa Rica and ask them about what makes Costa Rica special. I will take with me a camera,recorder, Spanish dictionary, and electronic translator. At the end of my trip when I return home, I will compile all I have collected and make it into a Powerpoint or Prezi that I will present to the foreign language classes at my school.
It’s extremely hard to try to capture the essence of a place that some have never been. As my trip gets closer and closer and my documentation project becomes more finalized, there is a growing anxiety. I worry that my project will not come turn out the way I see it in my mind. As the days grow closer and the weeks pass this anxiety is put at ease by the fact that I know this is my first overseas experience and the excitement and amazement I feel viewing and exploring this country for the first time will pour into my project.
It is a project that will be both challenging and heart warming. I look forward to being a part of something that will not only influence me but ultimately others. This will be a life changing experience and I am glad I will get the chance to share it with others. This project being of such importance to me I will be sure to use the internet,books, my mentor (assigned to me by wandering scholar) and the directors of wandering scholar as resources in these last few weeks as my project becomes not just an idea with a rough outline but a concrete plan with steps,deadlines, and a day of completion. read more →