It feels really weird to finally be leaving. After months, or years really, of thinking about studying abroad, I'm finally going through with it. I've got John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" stuck in my head, and I've said almost al of my goodbyes. Tomorrow, I'm boarding a plane in Dallas, connecting through two airports, and then arriving in Quito tomorrow night at 11.
I'm going to miss my family the most while I'm gone. My mom cried a bit today - I called it an orientation for what's coming with the final separation tomorrow. It's also going to be hard to avoid calling them every night or firing off emails every couple of hours. I also will miss my friends in Texas. I'm used to being able to keep up with them in person and on Facebook. I think it will be a bit surreal to see what's going on with them via Facebook but be almost completely separated from the things going on with them.
However, it's gonna be great to get away from the Texas heat (it's the end of September and we're still hitting 100 degrees each day). I'm also excited to meet new people (especially my host family) in Ecuador. Finally, I can't wait to get started using my Spanish
I know this is a lot of blog postings for not very much time. I think I'll probably post much less often from Ecuador. I'm not yet sure exactly what kind of Internet coverage I'll have; more on that in the next few days! Until then, goodbye.