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Namaste!

It's hard to believe that in less than a week from today, I'll begin the first leg of my month-long journey to Kerala, India. It seems like only yesterday, I was discussing the possibility of being selected to join Rotary District 5930 for its 2013 Group Study Exchange Program. And after months of interviews and preparation with my amazing team of four women, Cely, Janine, Vanessa, Yajaria and our team leader Jim Deuser, we're finally in the final countdown. I never thought I'd have such an opportunity, and I'm grateful to many supportive editors, co-workers and friends who've encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and go explore the exotic lands of southern India!

I'm grateful to you all! And I promise I'll do what I can to respond to your gift requests to bring home baby camels and elephants, and an attractive two-thumbed Indian Bollywood actor.

Starting next week, you can follow our Indian journey on the VictoriaAdvocate.com "Land of the Gods" home page, and on Facebook! I'll be writing daily blogs, and posting videos and photos of the trip. I hope you'll follow our Rotary Team on the Land of the God's specially designed interactive graphic feature on the website, which will feature an interactive Kerala map with links to our videos and photos from the trip!

Come along with me as we travel through one of the most ancient parts of the world. Let the countdown begin ... six more days until India!

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