Zdravo! Zdravstvuyte! Hello! These are all greetings in Serbian, Russian and English. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and now my dream is coming true. I got accepted into a Rotaract Round Trip to both Serbia and Saint Petersburg, Russia. On these trips I will be staying with other people my age and traveling around historical sites and learning about the culture. They are like a mini exchange for young adults and are very difficult to get into. So I am excited to have been picked to go on two trips. It’s a great honor, as I am the only American going.
A year ago, I wanted to travel, but my weight was holding me back. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin and I was embarrassed about what I looked like. Also, flying while being overweight is a completely miserable experience. For example, when I flew to Montana to see my brother’s graduation, I felt so cramped and uncomfortable. However, now that I have lost some weight, I hope my flying experience will be a lot better; especially considering the flights are over ten hours. But even so, I plan on packing a seat belt extender and am preparing myself mentally for any issues that may arise. Hopefully everything goes well.
But despite my anxiousness about traveling, I am extremely excited! The main things I am looking forward to is making new friends from all over the world, learning about different cultures and going on new adventures. I don’t know what the plan is for Serbia, but it sounds like we will be visiting various castles and historical places in Saint Petersburg, followed by nights of karaoke. This plan sounds amazing, considering that karaoke is one of my favorite activities.
Another thing I am excited about is trying new foods. It will be an interesting experience eating so little because Russians consider it rude to turn food down. But it sounds like the food is really healthy and has a lot of protein in it from all of the meats they serve. Hopefully between all of the activities, walking and good food, I will lose weight instead of gaining on my vacation.
As of right now, I am in another plateau, but I am hoping to lose another 10 lbs before I leave on June 19 (one day after my one year surgeversary!). I can’t believe that it’s almost been a year. Even though I am not where I want to be, it’s exciting to see some progress and what opportunities it has opened up for me. Traveling is something I have always wanted to do, and thanks to Dr Higa and his support team, I can now travel with confidence.