Wow, Tuesday is fast approaching. I have barely had time to think about actually leaving for Southeast Asia. Studying, trying to get papers in on time, and socializing has preoccupied my mind. And it’s now Saturday night, and once again my mind is focused back in St. Stephen, there’s a send off party that I am already late for. Yet, today my friends and I went to Saint John to do some last minute shopping, and now things are all pretty much in order. I think I can finally start to relax and take in the fact that I’ll be on Southeast Asian soil, half way around the world, in less than a week.
But when I do get a chance to reflect on the fact that I’m actually going there, I get excited. Being exposed to new cultures is something that I love. It’s not that I am bored with the Maritimes, I gladly reside here. But every once in a while I like a good adventure. And, wow, I am really looking forward to this one. I am excited about the 11 hour bus ride in Manila that will expose us to the Filipino culture and scenery, I can’t wait to climb Mount Kinabalu and take in the view, or gaze over the rice fields in Thailand.
On another note, I don’t want to go over there with a Western culture superiority complex, as if I should teach them the ways of the supposed “superior” western ideals. No, that’s not my aim. I want to learn from the people, their history and culture already amazes me. So therefore, I am looking forward to learning from those whom I will be encountering. I do not know what that will mean right now, but I hope that I’ll learn a lot, and be changed for the better because of it. I also hope and pray that the people we encounter, the locals, will somehow, through love, see God through us and be changed for the better as well.
And finally, I am really looking forward to going on this trip with so many of my friends, but will miss those that aren’t. Take care.