August 7, 2009

The final project of my undergraduate career was talking about World of Warcraft in Spanish for ten minutes. Fantastic way to go out!

Today was the last day of classes for VENUSA, and I did really well here academically. Which was kind of surprising considering how many distractions I have here every day. I’m very relieved to be done, and excited to attend the going away party at VENUSA tonight.

Tomorrow morning I leave for a town called Trujillo where there is a giant statue/temple dedicated to the Virgen de la Paz (the Virgin of Peace). I guess it’s big enough where people can walk around inside and have 3 or 4 different views of the city. So that should be a lot of fun. I’m glad I’ll be able to take one more trip before I leave Venezuela.

Then on Saturday we’ll come back to Merida, and I’ll try to get the bulk of my packing done, because we have to leave the city around 5 a.m. on Monday, drive about 1–1.5 hours to El Vigia where we take an 8:30 a.m. flight to Caracas, then hang out in the airport for a looooong time (something like 7 or 8 hour layover, ouch.) Leave Caracas at 7:15 p.m., get into Miami around 11:15 p.m. Overnight in a hotel there, then get up and back to the airport for my flight, getting back into the US around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Whew! Even writing it was tedious!

It’s a bittersweet ending. I’m so thankful I was able to take this trip and experience all that I did, but I think on the whole I’m definitely ready to come home and eat steak with homemade mac & cheese. And have a glass of milk (has it really almost been three months since I did that!?!?) and eat fruits that don’t need to be peeled or washed in vinegar, and drink water out of the tap and have ice cubes in my drinks without worrying about getting a parasite.

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