So this is the start, the start of a new adventure with ‘new’ people, to new places. It was a bit of a jolt, coming from a nice relaxing holiday with my family, and jumping straight into classes and work. Now this might not seem too different from a normal school term, but it is, oh it is. In a short period of time, my class and I will be off to the other side of the world, to some of the mysterious lands of Southeast Asia. But before we can leave for Asia, we must make it through our intensive courses. It is through the History, Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religions courses that we will be able to have a better experience of the cultures that we will be coming in contact with. Truth be told, I know very little about the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam, and nothing about the Histories of these regions. Taking these different courses, before I leave on the trip, will help me gain a better understanding of the cultures that I will be experiencing in a few short weeks; needless to say, a course that is compressed into such a short amount of time cannot possibly express everything that might be possible to learn in a longer time frame, but the things we learn now will help us when we get there. I wonder how much more we will be able to appreciate the adventures to come, now that we have some background to these places and people we will encounter.