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11 days to go

Should I get moving?

rain 12 °C

Being my first entry, I suppose I better let you all know where I am with my preparation. It's the usual conversation at this stage, 'Have you packed?', 'Got your suncream'?' and 'Do know what 'Doctor, doctor, I've got a hundred mosquito bites on my a*se' is in Thai?'. Fortunately, in respect to the latter, I sleep facing the ceiling making my plump backside a difficult area to bide for the small animal kingdom during the expected hot & clammy nights in the land of the smiles.

I've got things to do, yes, but I always leave things to the last minute. I've got so much to do not related to the Thailand trip that I simply haven't the time. In fact, my trip is pretty much still at the back of my mind. All i know is that on Saturday 30th, I need to set my alarm early, get packing and go to the aiport for my late morning flight.......or is it early afternoon. Whatever, 13 hours of flight time and I'll be in Bangkok.

For those that are reading this, no doubt you know what I'll be getting up to. Well, I'm going on a house building trip in conjunction with my employer and the charity organisation, Habitat for Humanity, who just so happen to be operating in Haiti at the moment due to the terrible event which struck the poorest community in the world...the last thing they needed, the last thing really anybody needs, anywhere. Habitat for Humanity operate in Thailand where 6 million people live below the poverty line and survive on less than one euro a day. I spent almost 7 days worth of coffee today so maybe that puts things into perspective. Had I gone to Starbucks for my three coffees, no doubt I'd feed a family for a month.

I'm so glad I was chosen and I sincerely believe that the panel chose me because of what I could bring to the trip, andnot because I slipped them a backhander....only kiddin'. This trip has empowered me massively and I can't wait to live an experience of a lifetime.

Before I go, I would just like to thank my company for giving me this marvellous opportunity, all my colleagues in both Greenock and Madrid, especially those who have and will donate to the charity Habitat for Humanity, and a final thanks to my daughter who fills my life with illusion and goodness when just thinking about her. I love you forever Sara.

Catch you all soon.

Livin' the dream.

Posted by GaryWeir 21:32 Archived in Spain Tagged preparation

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