Pre-Departure Thoughts

January 6, 2015

in Asia, Gabrielle Fishbaine, Spring 2015, Thailand

The night prior to my departure for Thailand has finally arrived! This past week, friends and family have been asking me how excited I was to take off for my adventure. But when I thought about it… I hadn’t really felt anything yet; I knew I was leaving for Thailand very soon, but it hadn’t quite sunk in. Now I can finally say that the fact that I will be living in Thailand…for the next five months…starting tomorrow…has hit me. I can’t help but to be completely overwhelmed with nervousness; nervous of finding my way to my hotel once I land, nervous of my ability to settle into a culture so different from my own, and nervous of the 13 hour time change from my family and friends back home. As negative as that may sound though, I could not be happier for the anxious feeling that I have, for it means that I truly am setting off for an adventure far from anything that I have ever experienced, and that is exactly what I have been wanting.

Beneath the anxiety though, the excitement towards my journey in Thailand awaits: food…food…and other very important pressing issues. Will the Thai food surpass my expectations of the lovely Elephant Café down the street? Where will my travels take me? Will I study Buddhism? What will my classes be like? Where will I live… Where will the other exchange students come from? Did I pack correctly?

I am hoping to find some of these answers, especially a place to live, very quickly once in Thailand. But for the others, I can’t wait to follow the adventures that present themselves and find my answers along the way.

Until in Thailand!

Gabrielle

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