And I’m here!
Having arrived in to Boston at 1pm yesterday, it took two and a half hours to drive to Camp Chimney Corners (the girls camp) and Camp Becket (the boys camp) over which we could all check out the scenery, and get to know eachother, which wasn’t so bad – especially with scenery like this!
By the time we arrived to Chimney Becket, we were all pretty wiped – there are people here from everywhere – Poland to Australia; Germany to New York. It’s quite a rad group of people really! I’ve made friends with a few people in particular: Meg (who’s also known as Evie – go figure) and Hannah; who are two really lovely girls from England. Been hanging out with some of the guys as well (always been one of the boys haha) which has been rad – especially as we started wilderness first aid today! Also, one of the camp directors is another singer and guitarist, so we’ve challenged eachother to write a song a day! I’ll be posting some of them up (I’m sure many of them will be shit haha), but I think it’ll be a rad challenge for me – and her. 🙂
I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a pretty draining day, mentally, but it’s been awesome getting to know the rest of the crew who I’ll be working closely alongside, and learning all kinds of funky things to do with slings, moving unconscious people, and strains, sprains and broken bones. Besides, you can’t really go wrong when you’re workshopping in an environment like this:
And while it’s only been a day and a half, it’s been a huge mindshift already! To go from being a workaholic crazy person in Auckland, to having no job and travelling through Australia, Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur and China and then living a Wisteria Lane crossed with Venice beach – doing street performing… and now I’m living in a cabin that has no electricity. Haha. (Though, to be fair, it’s only some cabins that have no electricity, and we’ll be moving soon… besides, the dining room and bathrooms have electricity and WiFi haha).
I think the strangest things to get used to so far is actually being around chicks 24/7. Not really something I’m used to – especially having been in Static Era for so long; again, probably one of the main reasons I’ve been chilling with the Becket boys so much. There’s bits and pieces of Christianity thrown in too – like whenever someone sneezes, one of the teachers will say “God Bless You” instead of just the Kiwi vernacular of “bless you”. Okay, it’s not such a big thing, but still… it’s noticable for me!
I’m really aware of that, actually. I mean, I respect people having a faith; faith is important, but I’m super aware that I have never really fit the Christian mold. I dabbled for a bit in high school… it didn’t end well. But that’s another story.
I’m sure it’ll work out though; after all, there’s more to the world, and more to people than faith. Well, one would hope. 😛
Another thing I’m super aware of here is the different flora of Massachusetts! I’m yet to see any animals yet (though everyone seems to be super excited about there being cows at this camp. Hahahahaha), but the trees! And greenness! And RAIN!!! It has barely rained at all in the last five weeks that I’ve been traveling; other than a couple of flash storms adding to the humidity of Vietnam, it’s been a while since I’ve heard the pitter patter of raindrops on the roof.
Anyway, I’m sure there’s plenty of other things I’ll be able to fill you in on, but for now, I’m HERE! I’m SAFE! And I’m looking forward to embracing the next three months of work, embracing a new part of America, and having a rad time with a whole bunch of young people on the other side of the world. My fortune cookie told me tonight that I am good at adventure, so if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is. 😛