Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Night Before

Tomorrow. That's the day. I board a plane at 10:25am and I'm off to a place halfway around the world, the place I plan to call home for the next 5 months: Senegal.

I feel as if I've been waiting for this moment for quite some time. Visiting Africa was a childhood dream and it's about to become reality...It's difficult to say how that feels. But I know I'm excited, incredibly, enormously and insanely excited. And scared, terrified, actually. But I suppose that's part of the fun, right?

I cannot wait to experience the sounds, smells and sights of Senegal. I'll be spending the first couple days in orientation and hopefully getting to know the city. Then it's off to my first host family, a household consiting of a widowed mother, 5 children and numerous grandchildren.

Thanks for taking the journey with me! I will try my best to make this blog mildly interesting :) I can't wait for your comments.

See you in a few months!


  1. Great Blog roomie, I cant wait to read more about your adventures! It sounds like an amazing and life changing experience, and you are going to have an amazing time!

  2. As I promised to comment on all of your posts -- or at least most :) -- just yesterday, I figured I'd better get started! Hope you're enjoying your first few days. I just got home from Texas, it's about 11 a.m. and I've slept about 3 hours here and there since yesterday when I woke up at 7 a.m. Yikes. Time for bed!
    Love you lots.

  3. Woo hoo, the adventure begins!

    Can't wait to hear your stories, Kaela- thinking of you and sending our love.

    Maura and Fran

  4. Way to Go Kaela!
    The pictures are great.
    You are off to a good start.
    Enjoy your experience!

  5. Kaela!

    Have a total blast! Live it up! DO things Kevin wouldn't do but not anything I woudln't do! Ha! J/k. It sounds like you will have a great time there. Nice bed! Peace!


  6. Those pictures are great Kaela. Who cares about formatting!
    I thought of the North Shore as I was looking at them.
    It sounds like things are going well. I hope this keeps up
    Any bugs like Bridget had?
    We are going to see Tim this weekend in St. Louis.
    I will show him your blog.
    Have fun!

  7. Kaela, that is awesome that you have such great scenic views...and like the North shore no less! Also cool that you are synching so well with your family and that they are helping you with French and Wolof! And then to be connecting with all the kids so well! Bridget also was amazed by the pervasive American culture influence in Kenya. thanks for sharing your narrative and great pics! Our love, Fran and Maura

  8. Hi Kaela,
    The bus reminded me of the Robymobile.
    Congrats on making a good tasting cake.
    I will have to call the Degans and get the scoop on Colin and Monica.
    Good luck on the tests in Wolof.
    With much love,