While I have been working on this trip for over a year, I am now two weeks from departure to the University of Ghana. I will be there for 10 months, living on campus in the International Student Hostel with fellow students from all over the world (most of whom will be my children’s age). I began my anti-malaria meds today and suddenly this feels all too real. The application process, the essays I wrote, the interviews I went through and the endless hoops and hurdles over the last year are finally coming to fruition. I am excited and terrified all at the same time. While at times I wonder if I have lost my mind most of the time the mix of terror and anticipation is a pretty good place to be. So I hope to use this space as a chronicle of my journey and as a space to process an experience that I can hardly fathom. I sure hope I am up to the challenge.