So today is the day! I’m flying 20+ hours to Colombo, Sri Lanka. My peers, co-workers, and family have all asked me if I’m ready and if I feel prepared. But then I ask myself, can you really prepare yourself for something where you have no idea what to expect? These past few weeks, I’ve been going through finals and working almost 30 hours a week, and I’ve found myself asking the same questions “Am I ready?” and “Do I feel prepared?”
As I was checking my bags in, the flight attendant looks at my itinerary and says to me, “Colombo? Interesting.”
I said, “What do you mean?” And he replies, “That’s just never somewhere I would want to go. It’s never been on my list.”
Honestly I was surprised by his bluntness, but as I think about it and am 100% honest with myself, this wasn’t a country or place that had been on my list up until 6 months ago. When I heard about Greenheart Travel’s volunteer program working with elephants and wildlife in a national park in Sri Lanka (and having had previous experience with elephants in Thailand while I participated in Greenheart Travel’s seasonal internship in Thailand), I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to go abroad again.
While I am nervous, exhilarated, and frankly just excited, let me tell you the top 5 reasons why I want to go to Sri Lanka:
So maybe I’m not ready, maybe I have no idea what to expect or what to make of it. But it’s these insecurities that I happen to find myself comforted. I learned in Thailand that the best things in life come from unplanned and unexpected situations. I’m really looking forward to my moments of serendipity in Sri Lanka.