Three weeks from today I'll be leaving Palau. Daniel will ABANDON me this weekend. Things are wrapping up and it all feels so strange. Like I'm about ready to see something new and I don't really know what that's going to look like. It's exciting and intimidating and nostalgic and sort of scary. It's sort of like graduating from high school all over again. [Singing] FOREVER YOUNG! I WANT TO BE, FOREVER YOUNG! At least I'm sort of going through puberty this time.

And now, your pictures and distractions:

At sunrise this morning from my apartment. 

Daniel and his friend/coworker at the Ministry of Health, Rue. 

We had a little party with the church people last night. This lady and her husband are a senior missionary couple in Palau and I will miss them greatly.

I have no words.

Boating through the islands.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Good Samaritan story in the news. Be sure to read the comments, too. Thanks, Jeff.

It's an old article now. But just in case you thought you were safe from sharks swimming in the river that runs through town . . .  Thanks, Taylor.

People who take Onion news articles seriously. Thanks, Matt.

Maps that will help you make sense of the world. Thanks, Amber.

I want to watch this video five million times. Woman sings Total Eclipse of the Heart as 19 different famous singers. My favorites are Julie Andrews, Alanis Morissette, and Celine Dion. Thanks, Brandon.

Ten weirdest lakes in the world. Palau representing! Thanks, Kate.

Chinese zoo under fire for disguising a hairy dog as a FREAKING LION. Thanks, Sarah.

~It Just Gets Stranger