Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On we go

It's 2:30 in the morning and I am not asleep again. In a couple hours John and I will be catching our plane to Philadelphia, on the 14th catching a bus to NY (JFK), then heading off to Botswana. I am a mixture of excited, sad to leave family and friends, and a bit nervous. I am also wondering how long it will be before I can sleep through the night again. John was blessed with the gift of sleeping anywhere and at anytime while I was given the ability to feel completely awake in the middle of the night for absolutely no reason. Hopefully I will put this extra time to work in Botswana with reading, writing and drawing. I imagine this will be the perfect time to catch up on letters to friends as well.

The last 10 days have been amazing with going away parties for friends and family and spending as much time with people as possible. Thank you everyone for reminding me what amazing people I am surrounded by. I will miss you all!

The next few months are going to be a whirlwind of meeting people and cramming as much information into my brain as possible. I can't wait to get started!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Thoughts on Louisville

As time is getting closer to departure, John and I started talking about Louisville and came up with things we will and won't miss. Here it is.

Things I WON'T miss:
1. Spaghetti Junction and how I64 west backs up at Cannons Ln for no reason then dissipates after it
2. The question "Where did you go to high school?"
3. The inability of people to drive in the rain
4. The city shutting down at the first sign of a snowflake
5. Our minimalistic public transportation system
6. Indiana and Lexington jokes
7. Not being able to get on 71 north from 64 west or 64 east from 71 south.
8. Roads changing names 3 times in 3 blocks
9. Bike lanes that disappear into thin air at the most inopportune times

Things I WILL miss:
1. Family and friends
2. The variety of local restaurants and coffee shops
3. Waterfront Wednesday, Forecastle and other live music
4. Seasons, especially actual snow (not just forecasts that don't come true)
5. The parks, especially Big Rock
6. The Derby Marathon/Minimarathon
7. Bardstown Rd farmer's market omelets
8. Turkey Bowling
9. Brew at the Zoo
10. Ideafest
11. Midcity Mall quarter machines
12. Biking the riverwalk
13. Free blizzards at DQ when it snows
14. Falls of the Ohio
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