The time has come- I leave my Ann Arbor in about 7.5 hours! It's been a while since I have updated, so here goes:
I have spent the last 2 weeks shopping for my last few things, moving out of my apartment, and spending some time with friends and family. Last weekend, I went to South Haven with my aunt and cousin (who is more like a sister to me). It was really great to see the west side of the state/Lake Michigan/a great sunset one more time.
This past weekend, Cam and Sarah came into town. Cam and I went to Detroit for the night and had a WONDERFUL dinner at a restaurant on the top floor of the Motor City Casino called Iridescence. I would hiiighly recommend it to anyone. 516 had a going away party for me which was very fun, and a good way to see a lot of my friends before I leave. Yesterday, I had a comissioning at church and then a family lunch and then open house. We had a GREAT turnout- thanks to everyone who came! I had a cool cake in the shape of Africa with Benin filled in :)
Today I basically finished moving out of the apartment, said the hardest goodbyes (except for my parents who are taking me to the airport in the morning), and went to a nice dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse.
The goobyes have been hard, but not as bad as I expected. I cried less than I thought I would, and some people had a harder time than I expected they would. It will almost be a relief once I have said goodbye to my parents and all the tough ones are done! I was VERY sad to say goodbye to my cats and my apartment, though :(
In terms of packing, I am basically at the limit. Peace Corps allows you up to 2 checked pieces of luggage totaling up to 80 lbs., plus a carry on. My 2 suitcases are pretty close to 80 lbs. combined and my backpack is pretty stuffed. I had hoped that I would be able to pack lighter, but it sounds like a lot of people in my group have the same problem. I am hoping that we will never have to carry them too far at any one time... Rumor has it that there was once a PC volunteer who brought nothing but a multitool! I'm sure I overpacked, but oh well!
Well, here I go on the adventure of my life! Please please write me letters!!! (I will post my new address here once I know it in a month or so) I will need the support. Packages are good too, but there's never a guarentee they will get there wuickly or even at all. I have heard if you write "educational materials" of "Jesus saves" on the package that it will get there more quickly and safely! Please keep in touch with my friends and family as well, because they will need some support through this too! I love you all, and KEEP IN TOUCH! A tres bientot!