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US Expedition-A few days to go!

Blog written by Rick Kotze, 20, South Africa

Could you possibly imagine the excitement of an adventure of this scale?

The sleepless nights, filled with vivid images of what’s to come.

The hours of exercise, accompanied by the knowledge that all around the world the others are also preparing.

All the thousands of mails from all around the world…

It all adds up to a feeling of anticipation and excitement the likes of which I have never felt before. It’s as though someone is constantly poking me in the ribs or whispering in my ear, never for a moment letting me forget about this great adventure that I am a part of.

It has been many years since I have felt such a great force of change in my life, sucking me in and steering me in a direction… A direction that I am only too happy to go along with. I mean anything that makes you WANT to check your mail 5times daily, or go for a run when you should be sleeping, couldn’t be a bad thing… could it?!

The expedition starts in a few days! With all that I have left to do between now and then, I’m sure it will fly by in the blink of an eye. I still need to: write two exams, go shopping (one of the few times in my life that I have been looking forward to this), move houses, sort some things out with local media, write 3 more blogs and pack my bags for the expedition! How I will manage to do all this, while the little man is poking my ribs and whispering in my ear, is a mystery. To be honest… Im gonna let future Rick sort that out and just enjoy the experience one step at a time.

I am ready to Learn, Explore and Act…In fact, I am more than ready! I have been waiting!

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