Here’s to the Beginning

Libby Goldman - Ecuador


July 19, 2013

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I suppose this is what I’ll be using to update you all about my travels in Ecuador next year.  Firstly I just want to say I could not be more excited for the journey I have ahead of me.  I can’t wait to be thrown into this entirely new setting and get to do amazing things I’ve never done before.  However, I wasn’t always this excited.  It definitely took some convincing to get me to where I am now.

If you had told me that I’d be taking a gap year this time last year, I probably would have laughed in your face.  All my life I pretty much figured I’d do what everybody else did, graduate high school and head to college.  At the beginning of my senior year either I or my parents (I can’t remember who had the brilliant idea…) thought about potentially taking a bridge year.  I thought it sounded cool enough, but focused on my college search more than anything.

And boy did I focus on that.  So much so that I kind of forgot about the amazing opportunity that a gap year
presented.  Until one night when I was 
freaking out about not getting into college, when I realized I didn’t have to go to college right away.  I thought back to the incredible two months I had in Paraguay with the organization Amigos de las Americas the summer after my sophomore year, and how I’d always wanted to do more traveling.  I ran downstairs, crying hysterically, and told my parents “I HAVE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR.”

I couldn’t really tell you what exactly pushed me to tears that night, or why I suddenly felt that this was a life or death decision (dramatic, I know).  But all I can say is I’m so glad it happened.  After that, I still went back and forth with the idea.  Did I care that I’d be a year older than everyone in my freshman class?  Would all my friends forget about me?  What if I had to eat weird stuff like eyeballs or intestines?  But I eventually realized that the pros far outweighed the cons.  This is an opportunity for me to finally become fluent in a language I have been studying for thirteen years, to do something exotic and truly meaningful in my life.

I have no idea what I’m getting myself into.  And that’s the best part!  I plan on being totally honest in this blog, so get ready for fits of anger, cries for help, and whatever other candid feeling I’m compelled to share with you all.  Thanks for subscribing and see you in April!

Libby Goldman