Oh, mes cheres, are there any of you left? I wouldn’t blame you, certainly, if there weren’t – I hinted to you that I was doing NaBloPoMo, and then I dropped off the face of the planet. I’m sorry, again. I got cold feet about NaBloPoMo, and then things happened. Like life. It’s actually a sheer miracle that I’m updating this today – I have written 21 pages of class papers this weekend (in the past three days), including a scientific paper for ecology, which was written with my amazing housemate, thank goodness. We’ve had colds, a sinus infection, lots of rain, and lots of leaves this November (fortunately, the colds weren’t mine; and neither was the sinus infection). I started running five days a week, even though this is my off season; I’ve had all of my midterms, and I have an ecology quiz tomorrow (this is a brutal week in ecology). On Thursday, my house (along with the rest of my school) are piling into the one tiny movie theatre here to watch the midnight premier of Harry Potter – and then, I will be on a plane going back to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with my family. It will be the first time since September that I will disband from my housemates (my adopted family, really), and while I’m excited, I’m also scared.
Because: and here’s the big news, so hold onto your hat – there are three weeks of school (including finals) after Thanksgiving break. And then, I will be heading home until the end of January, when I will be traveling to Mexico to study at a field studies site for the semester. I will be looking at coastal ecology, marine resource development and more. I will be leaving behind my school, my country, my language (for the most part), and immersing myself in an experience I didn’t anticipate. I will know no one. My best friend from school and I, by the time we re-unite, will not have seen each other for more than a year. I will not see any of my housemates for almost eight months (two of them) and four months (one of them). When I return from Mexico, I will be at home for about three weeks; I will then be on official hiatus for almost six weeks because I will be in Jordan, working on an archaeological excavation and traveling (with the same housemate I wrote the ecology paper with). I am having all of these new experiences this year, and I have the next seven months of my life planned out – but only in theoreticals. I’m telling you all this now (after disappearing on you for three weeks) in part because I don’t want to forget to tell you, but also because it’s getting closer, and therefore, it’s becoming all the more real, which is very intimidating. The good news, however, is that I am planning to incorporate a travel aspect to this blog as of next year (2011!), and that, at least while I’m in Mexico, I plan to still update every week.
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