1) What do you hope to learn by going to Guatemala?
Mmm. Good question! Spanish, obviously, and I think it would be really cool to start to learn weaving down there, as that's a specialty of the region. On a more profound level (and also more difficult to put into words) I want to learn that I can challenge myself all on my own, and that I can rise to the challenges I set myself. I look forward to learning to be in a culture unlike my own in many ways, and I hope that I can push myself to be inquisitive and engaged -- not just to observe, but to participate actively. That's part of the reason I feel it's important for me to do the volunteer section of my time there. It would be easy to stay at the immersion program, and then to travel, but I feel like the volunteer work will get me to engage more fully with the people around me.
2) What do you think you will miss most while you are away, and why?
The people, no question. I love Boston, but if it weren't for the people here, I could pretty easily see moving away. But most of my closest friends are in this area, and it'll be difficult to be away from them for four months, especially, in some ways, the kids, since 4 months in the life of a 4 or 5 year old is a pretty big time.
I know I'll also miss the autumn colors, and apple picking, and King Richard's Faire, and at least one wedding. And Thanksgiving, and a few birthdays, and...
So, I'll miss a lot, but I'm totally convinced it'll be more than worth it.
3) What is your biggest fear?
In general? I think my biggest fear is that I might end up alone -- not alone as in without a romantic partner, which would be a bummer, but not the end of the world -- but alone as in all of my friends go off and connect with other people and move away and leave me to my own devices.
4) This year was your first time at NEFFA, I seem to recall. What did you like best about it?
The dancing, the dancing, the dancing! But if I had to narrow it down, I think I'd say the medleys were my favorite -- I was totally intimidated by the idea of doing a medley, so I kinda got dragged into my first one, and I'm really really glad I did! It was a blast, and it was also really exciting to do something I'd be skeptical about doing, and not onto have fun, but to easily hold my own!
5) What's the best book you've read in the last few months?
This is a surprisingly difficult question. In fact, I don't know the answer :) I read a whole lot, and a lot of what I've read recently has been really good, but I just have a hard, hard time remembering the one I thought was the best, especially after only one reading. I recently reread Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, and that's certainly in the top 5 books I've read...