Hello world!

. . . and welcome to my first ever blog post, which I’m typing at my parents’ place in Northampton four days before I fly to Bamako! Eeek!

It’s been a busy few weeks, involving lots and lots of Christmas and New Year-related fun, finishing up at work, moving out of my flat and trying to get myself organised for Mali. But my to-do list is finally looking manageable and I’m getting pretty excited about flying on Sunday.

There are so many things that I’m looking forward to about my time in Bamako – the voluntary work I’ll be doing there, experiencing a different culture, speaking French, the music scene, escaping the British winter (!) – and although I’m sure I’ll be feeling pretty nervous on Sunday evening when I’m on the plane, at the moment I just can’t wait.

Until then, I’ll be packing, unpacking, repacking; having regular freak-outs about the exact location of my passport, yellow fever certificate and invitation letter to Mali; and saying tearful farewells to bezzie mates in London and Northampton and to my family.

I’ll try to post some first impressions of Bamako next week. A bientôt!