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Mark Sipe

Feb. 24, 2012 I've been very fortunate in my adult life to have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world.  However, traveling to Africa has always been a dream of mine and it's the one place I have not had the chance to travel to until now.  I feel extremely fortunate as well to be able to finally have this opportunity and be able to share it with such an amazing group of people.  As the weeks have gone by so quickly since we were all chosen for this adventure it now is sinking in that this IS a reality and wow!  What will it be like, so many questions and thoughts about how it will all pan out.  Regardless, I hope everyone is ready for an adventure that will hopefully change all our lives and our perspectives on the world.
The nursing side of me wanted to share a little info about the drug malarone, which has been prescribed as a prophylactic for malaria.  My drug resources note that it is a fairly safe drug and has very few adverse side effects.  Some basic adverse/side effects may be headache, insomnia, cough, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rash, and fever.  It should be taken with food for better absorption.  It is also important to take the drug exactly as prescribed.  Just a little drug education as we will soon be starting the prescription.
Hope everyone is well and excited about our upcoming journey, Until then, be well! 

Wednesday, March 7th.  Wow, only 3 days to go.  Like John has stated, we all become so comfortable with our space and time value orientations here, that it will be an adjustment to sleeping, bathing, and just the everyday activities that we will now need to share with others.  I know it may be challenging but that is what differs from most all my other travel experiences and I must say, I'm looking forward to that.  Seeing a new sky, different faces, hearing new languages, it all holds much excitement for us all.  Can't wait to get started.  See everyone on Saturday.

March 11
The excitement of international travel begins to wane after about 6 hours of sitting in the same position and then you realize you're only a fourth of the way there.  Our travel time to Mozambique has been overwhelming, but we are finally here and after a good night's rest the weariness of travel will be forgotten.  Within just a few hours of being here beauty presents itself in the faces of new friends, the bright colors of the environment, and in the singing voices of the neighborhood.
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