Today is Friday, and normally that is enough to celebrate, but it also means that my Rotary GSE trip to the Philippines is right around the corner. As a matter of fact, it also means that I will be off from work until April 7, after today of course. A much needed break indeed.
We are leaving this upcoming Wednesday, March 4, but I still have a lot to do before then – including packing. I’m not looking forward to packing, because more often than not I over pack. Over packing for a week-long trip is bad enough, let alone a month-long trip.
We’re told to bring only a week’s worth of clothes; mainly so we don’t have to drag around various suitcases when we change host families. Bringing only a week’s worth of clothes is going to be a challenge for an over packer like myself. The majority of the clothes that I will be bringing are actually Rotary affiliated (polo, button down, blazer, etc.) so that does take some of the guesswork out of packing. I also have to make room in my suitcase for the host family gifts (I’ve never bought this much stuff about Kansas or K-State before), which will take a fair bit of space.
To wrap my head around where we are actually going, I created a “my maps” using Google Maps. I don’t think that it is completely accurate, but it gave me a much better idea of what to expect. Along with the locations, the map includes a little bit of our schedule.
I’m pretty excited that the time has almost come, and I am sure the rest of the team is as well.