I’ve been giving this address out and there’s nothing on it. I guess there’s just not much to say. I’m sitting in front of the TV in New York, feeling vaguely hungry since I ate 6 hours ago and watching a commercial for some kind of “green bag” that makes produce stay fresher.
In relation to my trip, I still don’t believe it’s real yet. The packing is starting to become real though. Also, saying goodbye to work people and families I babysit for has become real and sad. I know it will be worth it and I know it will be the same on the other end when I’m leaving India.
I don’t have definitive news on my placement, but I received an e-mail from my program manager on Friday saying the in-country staff has 2 options for me and were wondering if I had a preference. The first is a mobile créche for the children of migrant workers in the Delhi slums. The second is Mother Teresa’s orphanage. I wrote back immediately and expressed a strong preference for the orphanage, since essentially the reason I’m going is because I want to work in an orphanage. I think I accidentally used the word “strongly” twice in the first sentence of my response! Oops. So I don’t want to celebrate getting the placement I wanted until I actually get it, and of course the CCS office is closed on weekends so I won’t hear anything either way until Monday.
For anyone who’s curious about the organization I’m going with: Cross-Cultural Solutions
I suppose that’s it for now – not much, but something at least so the page isn’t empty! Tomorrow I will buy the right sized suitcase and some more clothes, while I try not to freak about packing.