June 23, 2011

three things thursday

1. Leavin' on a Jet Plane - So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me. Hold me like you'll never let me go. I'm leavin' on a jet plane...Thank God I do know when I'll be back again. August 21. 2 months from now. I've been out of the country for a lot longer than that before but this time it's different. I hate to say that it's not as exciting because it is but it's a lot more...scary. See, when I went to London for 5 months, I had been there before. I knew exactly what it looked like, how to get around, what to except, etc. I have absolutely no idea what to expect in Sri Lanka. And while I'm usually not one to fear the unexpected, I feel like nothing is in place for this trip. I got my placement assignment in February and I still haven't had any contact whatsoever with my Sri Lankan staff. I sent a few emails last week and haven't had any responses. So right now, the plan is to just kind of show up and umm find them? I'm excited about everything else, but all of the cloudiness surrounding Sri Lanka is really putting a damper on the rest of my trip.

2. Tryin' to throw my arms around the world - The whole reason I'm going on this trip is because, in a way, I am "trying to throw my arms around the world." In The Netherlands, I'll be sitting in on actual trials of people who have been convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. In Bosnia and Serbia, I'll be talking to survivors of war and trying to make sense of how they reconcile with the aftermath of a war that ended nearly 20 years ago but whose effects still linger today. In Sri Lanka, I'll be addressing human rights issues. When I first came across Chloe's blog about a year ago, I fell in love with it simply because of the title. I didn't realize until recently that it was named after a U2 song which really disappointed me because (sorry, Chloe) I really don't like U2 and, despite the fact that I've dedicated my life to the humanitarian cause, I have a lot of issues with Bono (but we can talk about that later). Anyway, Chloe and I hit it off from the first time we GChatted and even started our own running blog together. (Please go check it out, I promise we'll right more often!) And this Monday, in the midst of my craziness, I finally had the chance to meet Chloe who is an absolutely beautiful person. I already knew that from her blog but she just positively shines and I definitely need some more of her in my life. Her new baby, by the way? Beautiful.

Chloe, please teach me your awesome watermarking skills.
3. Be OK - If I had one word to describe how I feel today, it would be "emo." I feel like I should be writing some deep poetry on my Xanga and listening to Dashboard Confessional. Instead, I'm typing on Blogger and listening to Ingrid Michaelson. She's a lot happier than Chris Carabba. I just wanna know today, know today that I will be ok. That's what all of this boils down to. I know that I'm setting off on the trip of a lifetime. I just wish that everything would fall into place like it should have 3 months ago and I just want to know that everything is going to be ok.

Pray for me, will you?
I'll try and squeeze in a post before I fly out tomorrow night. 


  1. Girl. Have a BLAST. I'll be thinking of you!

  2. hey in all fairness, the U2 song is actually titled "tryin' to throw YOUR arms around the world" and i changed it because i wanted to throw MY own arms around the world...so don't be too disappointed in me! haha, but you are so sweet and i can't wait to hang out again! have an AMAZING trip -- i'll be praying for you :)

  3. Have a safe trip! I'll be sending you positive thoughts! I cannot wait to read about your many adventures!

  4. It will all be okay! Everything might not turn out how you expected, but it will turn out exactly how it is supposed to. :)

    Have the time of your life!

  5. Safe travels and enjoy yourself on your trip! I'm sure Sri Lanka will be amazing! I've always wanted to go there! I bet it will beautiful! My only advice to you is be careful what you eat and don't drink water unless it's from a bottle.
    Oh and "OK" is a great song! I just love her voice!

  6. have a great trip. I love that song so ridiculously much. Your blog is so so cute, and your adorable!

    -Heather from lifeofapasseri.blogspot.com

  7. Ahh! I'm so excited for you. What an adventure. I'm so happy for you, this will be an amazing experience. Yes, it'll be scary, but, you are going to have such an emotional and amazing story to tell when you get back. I'll miss you, but, I will be eagerly awaiting your return!

    Be safe!


  8. Hope your trip is AMAZING!! I'm sure it will all work out when you get there. Can't wait to read all about it! :)


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