Well, hello there. I am currently sitting at Heathrow Airport in London. I have found a seat next to an outlet, with optimal people watching opportunities, next to a coffee shop, and near a restaurant called Giraffe. There is a good chance I am not giving this spot up for at least a couple of hours.

Now I have been debating doing another long update post of the past year in review, but then I decided “nope, not this time.” This is a new chapter for me, so why spend time focusing on what has happened in the past when so much is happening right here, right now. Well not exactly right here and now, the airport isn’t exactly the most “happening” place, but that’s not a bad thing as far as airports go.

So why am I at an airport in London you might ask? Actually, chances are you didn’t just stumble on this blog by mistake, you probably are related to me or are at least a good enough friend of mine that you are interested in reading this blog. So, I am sure you already know, but just in case you don’t – I am on my way to Namibia (that’s in Africa) to work with Dr. Laurie Marker (world renown cheetah expert) at the Cheetah Conservation Fund!! This is truly a dream come true for me. When I was little I use to watch every single episode of Big Cat Diary and just imagine working in Africa studying big cats one day. I never really expected it would happen, but I also never gave up on my dream and voila – here I am on my way to Africa to study big cats. Boom! Dreams do come true, even the crazy ones.

Over the past few days everyone keeps asking me how do I feel? Am I nervous? Honestly? Nope! The only thing that worries me is making sure all my luggage makes it to its destination! I cannot wait to be in Africa tomorrow. Wow. I am going to be in Africa TOMORROW! I am halfway there and it still doesn’t feel real. I have no idea what to expect when I get to the CCF, maybe having no expectations is best, I am just along for the ride! But I have been ordered by my Aunt Sandy to “do epic shit” and that is exactly what I plan on doing. I would love to utilize this opportunity to the max, and somehow over the next few years work towards and earn my PhD – cause that had always been another goal of mine, and I feel if one dream goal is coming true, then why not two?

Back to my current situation – apparently being next to a coffee shop when you have a coffee addition like mine isn’t the greatest idea because an excess amount of coffee means I am going to have to pee sooner than later which requires forfeiting my people watching and laptop charging seat. Well shit, I did not think that one through.

Plus, back to this restaurant called Giraffe, since I was a giraffe keeper for the past year, I kinda feel obligated to eat there. So I am going to adios, find a bathroom, grab some lunch then surly have to search for a new seat for my base of operations – so until my next WiFi encounter, friends!

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