Monday, February 06, 2006

Departure Imminent!

Ok, so this thing works. Thank you for the lovely comments in my test posting, dear friends. You are ever so wonderful.

So basically, I'll be trying to update this blog as often as I can, instead of sending out mass emails that people may or may not read. I figure this way, if you're interested, you can check out the blog, and if you'd like the whole series of updates, they're right here for easy consumption.

Just to recap: I've been living in the Engineers Without Borders Training House (sometimes referred to as 'Chez EWB') for the past month. It's been simultaneously zany and rewarding, and I'm quite sad to see everyone drifting away to airplanes.

There were nine of us in training, with another contingent of about six people who came and went in the house. We all became quite close, have shared some crazy times, and have definitely helped each other's learning process. I feel I've come away from training with a lot, and that's due in large part to how great our group was. Here is a group shot of us at Niagara Falls (back row: Sara, Rachel, Jean-Luc, Veronic, Dave, Louis, Chad and Monica. Front row: Mike, Me, Kathleen and Sarah).

Tomorrow, Monica and I will be flying from Toronto for Accra, Ghana. There, we’ll be met by an overseas EWB volunteer, Tom. Tom is going to take us on a bit of a trip across Ghana, eventually depositing me in Tamale, which is in the Northern Region of Ghana (see the map). This will be my home base for the coming year. Tom will then take Monica back to the capital city of Accra, where she’ll be based.

I'm definitely getting the butterflies now, but that's tempered by the knowledge that I've been given an incredible opportunity. This is an opportunity both for personal growth and learning, and also an opportunity to do work that will have a positive impact on people's lives. This is quite exciting, and as depature date rolls closers, I'm more and more glad that I decided to fill out the EWB application way back in August!

This is just a preliminary intro posting. Please check back regularly, and feel free to leave me messages. I will definitely appreciate it, and I'll be thinking of all of you tomorrow as I'm being hurled across the ocean. Kaloo kalay!


Anonymous said...

A wiseman once said: "ships are safe sitting in the harbor, but thats not what ships are made for." Have a wonderful experience Luke!

Alex! said...

hai luke. wutz up? lol nuddin heer! juss chillin in clazz waitin for dis ish to end. Sorry, sometimes I revert back to a neanderthal for no apparent reason. Be safe in Ghana, don't drink the water even if the chief elder offers you it! Wait, maybe I'm thinking of Native Americans. Maybe not. Who knows! And uh, yeah. See ya!

Weinstein said...

Those butterflies actually real is the national dish of Ghana.

As someone who is also spending a year in a third world country I am here to offer you support.

Like Ghana will be, life is hard in Belgium but I feel like I am making a positive difference in my multinational energy company.

Anonymous said...

Best of Luck!! :-)


Ricky Patel said...

Hey Luke! Good Luck! We All are rooting for you at Western! You've done us proud!!

Ian Molnar said...

Good luck Luke! Woo!

Marika said...

hey babe,
take care of yourself, we're thinking of ya, remember to take lots of pics...jump in kid...

Anonymous said...

you're so bougie-bougie.

hope your trip went well. you must be settling in. Have a wonderful experience, indeed. Be sure to take care of yourself, as well as others.

Travis Allan said...

Luke: I can't wait to read more. I feel like you are being my test-goat ("what?" you say, there is no such thing? FIE UPON YOU!)

Viel Glueck!


Anonymous said...

Hey Luke....WOW!!! Sounds amazing. I really love your hair! and of course your stories. Missing you here in London...I'm definitely craving a Spoke lunch with you!!!

Keep up the awesome work. You're such an inspiration.


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