I've been back home for a full week now and it has been a lot of fun catching up with everyone I haven't seen in almost a full year! Since I couldn't really get a job for the whole 3 weeks I'm home this summer, there isn't too much to do besides prepare for my trip, help around the house and visit friends! The only thing I have left to do for Tanzania prep is to finish packing and get my malaria meds. I recently found out that one of my trip buddies from Kenya last year has spent a whole 6 months in Arusha!!! So she has been giving me tips on everything to do and see and since I'll be free on the weekends I hope to get out and experience as much as I can. I may even be able to go back and visit Losho or Nairobi for a day or two which would be the best thing ever. I am really hoping it works out where I can, especially if I can see the kids again! If you look at the map, I'm really not that far away- I went on Safari last summer at the Maasai Mara. I also cannot wait to be called a Mizungu again and eat chapati- nothing like being called out for being a white foreigner and eating delicious carbs!
Also, here are the contents of what I received in my box of EWH goodies! Everything from a tool box to Imodium are in it! The lab manual of activities we will be doing and info on the medical instruments we'll be seeing most are included so I've been browsing them and am really excited to start. My soldering skills from electronics will be put to the test! It also contains our partner cell phone which I think is pretty funny! I am still amazed I can get such good service to call home while I'm there. I need to find some way to pack it all into a big duffle bag of some sort- the good thing about that is I'll have a whole duffle bag to bring back gifts and souvenirs. I am already brainstorming ideas for potential fundraising through the things I collect this trip for possible future trips! I also just bought a journal so I will be journaling every day while I'm there just as I did in Kenya last summer. I love reading a page or two out of it every once in a while to remind myself of how lucky I am to have these opportunities.