Preparing for Another Chapter of Life’s Unknown Journeys…

Did my feeble attempt at an exciting title capture anyone’s attention? Can’t blame me for trying! But now that you’re already here…

So it’s only T-1.5 days until departure! I still cannot believe that I’m actually going to Kenya! I’ve barely left North America in my 22 years of life and now I’m embarking on a 10-week journey to a place that could not possibly be more foreign to me. Not only that, but I am to represent Vets without Borders and help the dairy farmers improve the health and reproductive success of their cows! Maybe I really shouldn’t tell them that this year was the first time that I even touched a dairy cow…I may have to fake some confidence and pretend to know what I am doing. Thank goodness that I will have the support and supervision of Laura, Dr. VanLeeuwen, and local vets to guide me! I just really hope that I could give the farmers and villagers as much as I think I will gain from this unbelievable experience. Not only in terms of the knowledge and hands-on experience with cattle, but the insight into such a fascinating culture and people. I really hope I don’t disappoint them! I think that fear of mine is greater than the fear of the health risks that I will be facing. It’s just that participating in one of Vets without Borders’ projects and being able to contribute to change (for the better) has been a dream of mine since deciding to pursue vet school while I was in undergrad (cliche, I know…). Maybe it’s selfish in a way, but I guess I just don’t want to feel like I’ve failed myself or those who have supported me so faithfully.

Speaking of my loved ones, this trip will be the longest time that I am away from home, by myself. No doubt I will miss my caring, teenage-esque mother, my immature, but super supportive brother, and the rest of my awesome family. Also, my wonderful friends, especially you ladies, who never fail to put a smile on my face. I am sure that I will have lots of unforgettable stories to tell you when I return. But don’t forget to remember your stories and share them with me too! I will miss Toronto and the great summer festivities, but thank goodness I won’t be here during the G8/G20 madness! I wonder if I will be able to catch any of the World Cup games while I’m there…I will be in the same continent!

Everything feels all that more real when I think about attending another friend’s ‘going away’ party tomorrow, but I think I’m ready for my ‘real’ summer to begin…or at least ready for the four flights in the next two days until I reach Nairobi! See you in Kenya!

love always,
vi