I hope I got everything...
04.08.2008 - 05.08.2008
So, tomorrow I leave for the Netherlands to study abroad for the fall (a total of four and a half months). I am absolutely thrilled and excited and also quite scared. I have never been to Europe before and never lived anywhere but Sacramento and Irvine. There is so much paperwork involved and no person or form to make sure I have done everything right or packed everything or know what to expect. I have to do it all on my own, with the help of Paul, of course. but even with both of us being confident in our preparedness, but this weekend while we double checked everything we still discovered a few small set-backs that slipped through the cracks somehow. Although, to the best of my knowledge these things are or will be fully taken care of by my amazingly helpful and supportive parents, those things have made me feel unbelievably unprepared, even though I think I have everything.
But, I have my passport and my plane ticket (which was changed since this afternoon) so I know I will get to Europe. And if for some reason, my program doesn't let me in because of some form that no one told me about which had to be signed and certified by twelve different people and authenticated in 6 states or sealed by the secretary of state's lipstick print or something else as obscure, I know some people in Europe who might let us live with them for a while. (I am only kind of kidding about this.)
So, I will be traveling for about 15 hours tomorrow, the longest I have traveled in a plane. Still no contest to the two-day trips to Canada in the van, but an epic trip nonetheless. I have two books, a journal, ipod, laptop, and hopes for a good in-flight movie. I should be fine, right? I also am going to try to sleep as much as possible on the flight, to minimize sleepiness upon arrival (morning local time), but who knows how much I will actually be able to sleep.
When we arrive in Amsterdam, we will have about 24 hours to get to Utrecht. There we will do a 2 week Dutch Language and Culture Intensive before we go off to Leiden for our regular semester.
Who knows when I will be able to access internet or phones, but I will update everyone as soon as possible. (Also, everyone should get SKYPE, it's awesome.)
So, in conclusion, I am scared, and almost fully excited. I know the next 24 hours are going to be surreal, stressful and sleep-deprived, but I guess I am expecting it, so I will do my best if anything else comes my way.
This is me a few years ago in Solvang, CA; which is a mini Holland-type city. And in case any of you were wondering, yes I packed a lot of shoes, but no, none were this big.