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And so it begins

The time is winding down and things continue to become more real. I have yet to become anxious or nervous about anything save this upcoming operation and how it will affect my travels. My bags have been packed for a week or so but, as I look around, I am beginning to wonder about what needs to be rearranged. I have so many things around here even though I have given away and sold most large items. We have dwindled our life down to about 3 containers of things we would like to save. Although many people are getting storages or renting out their homes, we don't have that issue and I am glad. Fortunately for us, most things were his before I got here and others were either given to me or things that were repurposed so $ was minimal.
I thought it would be difficult but it proves to be a cleansing experience because I do tend to hold on to so many things "just in case."

Travel documents came, my passport came, and I was able to meet with a group of Atlanta teachers here. I started a post so that we could meet before leaving in the hopes that I could meet some people and form relationships prior to going. The plan is to continue on the journey of living outside of this box.

new country
new home
new job experience
new language
new. . .everything

And I can't even say why excitement isn't a word I can currently use to describe how I am feeling. It's almost as if I am supposed to be doing this. Like I am comfortable with the unknown and the changes that lie ahead and that isn't like me.
In preparation for the "new me", I even started doing things while still here-while I still can (7 days and counting). We went to the movies on a whim and even went dancing last night. Figure I may as well get my brain conditioned to actually doing more than sitting in the comforts of my own home.

Now if I can just find a suitable home for Bailey, everything will be good!


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It's coming.

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If youve read this blog for any length of time, Im sure youve gotten your laughs off my Moroccan bath experience. As crazy as that was for me, i believe I will be going to get one again, though at a much better establishment!
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 And while waiting in line for a price, an Arabic lady gave it the once over, looked inside, and nodded her head in approval of what was inside. After seeing it was only 9.50 dhm, I got another. Once I try it, I will certainly give a review! In the meantime, here is information about the product-or products like this:

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