Before I Leave…

Hello all,

I figured I’d leave a quick pre-departure post since I’m not sure how long it will be before I can post an update¬†once I’m in Uganda.

First of all, I wanted to give some explanation behind the title/subtitle I chose for my blog. At first glance, it may sound a little pessimistic, but if you’re a die-hard Bill Watterson fan like I am, you may recognize it from this strip:

I’ve always loved the internal struggles Calvin undergoes when he finds out what he is doing actually isn’t fun at all, because it builds character. While my endless-summer frolicking days may be behind me, I can definitely still relate to Calvin’s free spirit and frequent feelings of revulsion towards life’s responsibilities–can’t we all? However, I am proud to say that I think I have reached a point in my life where–unlike Calvin–I can also appreciate experiences which build character, and find the fun in them. This is exactly why I decided to travel and study in Uganda.

So now that I’ve brought you up to speed on my oh-so-clever blog theme, I guess I can fill you in on some quick logistics of my trip:

I leave Logan at 8:15 Sunday morning and fly to London where I have about an hour and a half layover (should be an interesting/frantic 90 minutes making sure I find my connecting flight). From London, I fly direct to Entebbe International Airport in Kampala, Uganda. I arrive at 7:45 am Sunday, local Ugandan time which, if my calculations are correct, puts me at about midnight:45 Keene NH time.

We have a weeklong orientation in Kampala and Gulu (norther Uganda) before beginning the homestay portion of the program, so hopefully I will find time to update you all during that time. Until then, I guess you’ll just have to survive imagining all the character building I’m being forced to endure, and I leave you with this (shout out B1N1):