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Casting Off

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Even now; with a thousand little voyages notched in my belt, I still feel a memorial chill on casting off – E.B. White

Last night I arrived in Washington, DC, to start the great adventure. It still hasn’t settled in… that I’m doing this, I’m moving to Ethiopia for two years to become a Peace Corps volunteer. It feels a little bit like vacation, except that I have a LOT of luggage. Staging is today, so I expect it to feel more “real” after that. At different times, I’ve felt different things–nervous, excited, scared, thrilled, terrified, etc–but right now all I feel is the excitement. I’m really doing this.

I woke up early this morning (or at least, it felt really early) to meet my cousin for breakfast. It’s a beautiful day in DC. This time tomorrow we’ll be at the airport for the flight and should arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, around 1 am central time… early morning there.

The nautical definition of to cast off is “To turn (a ship); change to the opposite tack.” If there ever was a point that could be defined as casting off in my life, this is it… the last chapter closed, a new chapter beginning.

Here we go!

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