So I was ALMOST about to fly to Germany for this 3-day weekend in Japan, but considering I have so much to do (among other reasons) to get ready for Nepal next week, I decided to stay. So this weekend I’m updating as much of the website as possible as well as cleaning my apartment for my month-long absence. I convinced one of my elementary schools to collect donations from parents, but when I asked the other school, they sort of implied they were just too busy. It’s the end of the semester here, and everyone is scrambling to get everything done before vacation. There’s still a chance they can help, though. I noticed they were changing out an old computer for a brand new one last week. The old one just got put under a table, and I would find it hard to believe they will use it for anything. I asked the vice principal what they were doing with it, and she said she didn’t know. So next week I’ll just ask for it straight out. No harm in asking, right?
As for YAUC, I know they need some new foam flooring for the playroom. And if I can get my hands on a computer, that would be great. But otherwise, I plan on mailing any donations I get. There is no pressing need for clothes or toys at YAUC, so that can be shipped by boat. They will get it in 2-3 months, just in time for Mitch and Heather’s arrival. Saskia is at YAUC now, and I have been emailing her ideas this weekend. I had a huge brainstorm while sitting at my desk the other day. I can tell I’m getting revved up for this trip because my mind is running at a thousand miles and hour. I woke up this morning from a dream. In the dream I was STILL planning new things at YAUC. I wrote down the new ideas as soon as I woke up.
I’m very excited!!
I’ll be flying out in less than 2 weeks on my way to Nepal. I am very excite, and have managed to get the elementary schools I work at to ask parents for donations. I hope it works out, but I won’t know until donation day on July 20.
Every night I dream about what I’ll do at YAUC, and how to spend my time. I almost feel stressed about the limit of time I have there. This summer will only be 3 weeks. I know once I get there I’ll remember how slow the pace of life is in Nepal, and won’t feel rushed, but I think my experience last year was too rushed. I only had 9 days last summer! It was 5 days helping Tej, then 2 days on my own, one day visiting my friend’s family in the mountains, and my last day was just shopping for souvineers for my coworkers in Japan (Japanese style). This will be considerably longer, but I’m still stressing a bit.