Shopping, pills, and packing - oh my!
06.11.2008 - 06.11.2008
In case you are interested, here is a list of some of the things I've had to do to get ready for this trip...
1. apply for the program via VGCC (Fall '07)
2. figure out where Senegal is, (well I did a little of this first...)
3. interview with the Global Awareness Committee and then with President Parker and VP Ballentine
4. recover from shock of actually getting to go on a World View trip
5. fill out the World View paperwork
6. attend the Spring World View Seminar: Understanding Contemporary Africa in March, 2008
7. find my passport and make sure it was still valid
8. check that my vaccines were up to date: yellow fever (I did have to get an update on this vaccine), Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Polio, as well as regular MMR and DPT vaccines. Get prescription for antimalarial medication.
9. get a cold
10. love my child for giving me a cold
11. worry that the other passengers will shun me because they think I have SARS
12. shop for skirts - Senegal is a muslim country and long skirts are proper attire for women - hey, shopping is shopping right? Oh, while I was buying long skirts I also bought a cool little digitial camera.
13. spend a week figuring out how to use digital camera, and decide that I have to now buy some shirts to go with my new skirts...and maybe some shoes...
14. look for wildlife id books to request via interlibrary loan
15. figure out how to work a travel blog
16. gather items to contribute to the "cultural kits" we will be giving schools we will visit, VGCC gave me a whole box load of folders, pens, pencils, t-shirts, bags, etc..; the Wildlife Resources Commission (I use them for classroom programs) gave me a stack of rulers with NC wildlife and a bag full of pins, and I also gathered information from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences - since I volunteer with them and also use them for classes quite a bit.
17. hire a physics major to figure out how to get all of my new skirts, shirts, camera, toiletries, shoes, books, swimsuit, towel, pens, pencils, t-shirts, folders, rulers, pins, brochures, canvas bags into 1 small suitcase, one carry-on and one "personal item."
18. have small panic attack about leaving my husband and child
19. clean the house (the cure for not wanting to leave husband and child)
20. make photocopies of documents (passport, vaccinations, itinerary, contact numbers)
21. pick up books from library, get excited about birding in Senegal!!!
22. take my first antimalarial pill 1 week before I leave
23. have 1st wierd antimalarial pill induced dream two nights later
Things yet to do...
1. pay bills
2. tell my class that I'm going to be out of town, but I can still "watch" them from afar (I love on line classes
3. figure out how to get a snake hook into my suitcase - hmmm, snake hook or deodorant...I hate these tough decisions! (FYI for those who don't know me - I love snakes and hope to get some herp time in while on the trip!)
4. go to the beach (hey, it's our Father's day outing!)
5. finish reading "So Long A Letter" by Mariama Ba - a book written by a Senegalize writer. (oh, I can do that at the beach!)
6. wake up and get to the airport!