My last day before my journey to Isla Palenque begins. To think, I finished my first year as an elementary school teacher in Las Vegas Friday. It’s certainly been a hectic time before setting out. The past two weeks have been spent on the following:
1. Organizing the last days of school for my students
2. Completing an entire term’s worth of grad school coursework (because there’s no way I would do this while abroad)
3. Finishing the last of this year’s restaurant reviews from the Las Vegas Strip
5. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings
4. Moving out of my current house
5. Moving out of my current classroom
6. Moving from Las Vegas and coming home to San Diego to see family and friends
7. Planning what to do when we arrive in Panama, maybe? 😉
While it’s breaking 100 in Las Vegas, San Diego is at its typical perfection. Funny, in all other cases I savor as much beach time as I can get here, but considering the destination that lies ahead, the list of priorities has been different than usual.
In the suitcase: clothes for any occasion, though nearly everything boils down to the same basis in versatile athletic wear that can sustain tropical conditions. Those who know me will surely attest to this, and those watching will find out soon: I have an antipathy for sweaty clothes and try to avoid that feeling at all costs. Very little cotton is making its way over. Thank you, REI.
As an aspiring travel journalist, I have been dreaming of an opportunity like this for years. I can’t believe it starts tomorrow. Paradise awaits…
From the plane to Panama — almost there!