1. Shaved my beard
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    Quickly. I needed a new passport photo same day for my visa application (it was all very last minute, long story) and apparently beards that make one look like the unibomber are a big no-no at checkpoints).
  2. See what I mean?
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    Unibomber.
  3. Got injected with nearly $500 worth of immunizations.
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    But it's not my money! Not the best way to get healthcare, but I'll take what I can get.
  4. Had my job description overnighted.
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    This is the template from last year.
  5. Received a ticket.
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    Literally yesterday. I just arrived at my hotel in DC an hour ago.
  6. And now I'm packed and ready to depart tomorrow evening!
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    I will be out of the country for two weeks.
  7. Stay tuned for updates from the DRC.