Departure Day is creeping up on me…

Peru is coming up so fast! I’m less than two days from leaving, and there’s still so much to do! Take my advice on this one: don’t work full days the two days before you leave. It’s a bad idea. My to-do list is as long as my torso, and I have a cumulative sum of about 6 hours between now and when I leave to do them all, all while family and friends are trying to visit me before I leave.

So…don’t do that. Not smart.

All that aside, I’m so excited. Stressed, but excited. I’ve got my new tent, my new sleeping bag, a suit made of mosquito netting (no joke), and I’m ready for an adventure. I’m looking forward to smelling tropical air once more and tasting those incredible fruits they have in that area of the world. South and Central America really do have some of the most incredible flavors. I’m hoping to find my beloved granadilla, which is an orange fruit I fell in love with in Ecuador. Granadillas are shaped similarly to passion fruits – you crack it open with a spoon, rip it open, and eat the delicious seeds on the inside. I will say, though…they look very unappetizing. They’re gray and look something like snot. But I promise that they are simply delicious!

I’m very much looking forward to removing myself from my comfort zone once more and returning home with a renewed understanding of my place in the world. I just want to cultivate my garden.

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