Monday, July 14, 2008

3 days out

Three days to go and I think I have finally dealt with my concerns about getting into the right mental space.

It has been almost 3 weeks since pre-departure training. It feels like a lifetime ago. The reports are already starting to trickle in from the guys that have already left. To be honest, the report from the Thailand kids was more than a little discomforting. After little over 3 days one was in hospital and many more had gastro.

I was watching Blood Diamond on TV the other day, and it really helped drive something home for me. Its a thing that many people have tried to impress on us all through this process. "Don't expect to change the world". Leo di Caprio is playing a Rhodesian who goes on a rant (with what to me was a rather impressive Zimbabwean accent) to the American reporter: "You come here with your laptop computers, your malaria medicine and your little bottles of hand sanitizer and think you can change the outcome, huh? ".

I went climbing the mountain (a hill in Nepali terms) near my house that I used to climb all the time as a kid. It was so peaceful up the top. There were no trucks, cars, dogs or even animals. Just the wind over the grass and me, and the valley in front of me. I think that did a lot to help my state of mind. I am calm and cool and can do this, WOOT!


  1. I'm so excited for you! I didnt get a chnace to saya proper goodbye last night so goodbye, good luck and keep us all posted!

  2. Hi Dash

    This is PJW from BHS. Just to let you know that I am tracking your journey and sharing the content with the others. cheers P.

  3. Good to hear team, good to hear.

    Leaving tonight. "Finished" packing at 2am this morning. When I say "finished", I mean, I finished the first one. There's stillone to go.

    PJW, who exactly is that? Is that code?