I know I'm not the first person to travel out of the country for 2 months and I am certainly not the last, but I am starting to get that sort of pre-trip panic where I am realizing that I am leaving behind everything about my life that is familiar and comfortable aside from what fits in my suitcase for what I consider to be a VERY LONG TIME. I suppose I am taking the Internet with me, which is a big help, but I am leaving behind ice water and waffles and my queen sized bed and mexican food and my family and american currency and farenheit and my Ford fiesta and using my cell phone and chipotle and most of my posessions.
I have never been away from home for a VLT. I spent 2 weeks with Lauren and Lena last May when I hopped on their Accio Bodyguard tour, but 2 weeks is nothing. 2 months I am a little nervous about. I have been flailing all around my bedroom making sure I have the right cables and converters and adapters and paperwork; the clothes I'll want to wear for two months, the shoes to match those clothes, and something that can act as an alarm clock for me so I don't miss my 10 AM classes.
I have also been scrambling to eat all the parishable food in my house, and I can assure you that makes for some very interesting meals as I run out of essential things like bread and milk and butter but still have weird stuff like pepperoni, cottage cheese, yogurt and popsicles left. All of this stuff needs to be gone because it will either get moldy, or get eaten by my housemates, as I will not be in this house again for a VLT.
I'm mostly excited. In fact, I am 98% excited.
That last two percent makes up the part of my brain that's jittery and nervous.
I'm going to try to read some more of my study abroad required reading (there is NOTHING I hate more than being assigned books to read. It's taking something I generally like doing and making it a chore. Even if I enjoy the book, it still sucks all the fun out of it) while I take a cold bath (it's still SO HOT in this house) before I meet up with Kayley and Denis to complete and film a particularly strange and fun Fiesta mission. Technically it's the one for next month, but I need to film it while I am still here with my car.
Has anyone else read "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith? That's the book I am working on.
In other news, today I had to ask Alex on skype video chat which of my apple computer adapters was the UK one, JUST TO BE SURE. I'm taking the Continental Europe one as well for when I go to Italy (and possibly Paris) but the European one looks JUST like the Korean one so I had to bring BOTH of those because I really couldn't tell them apart.
Just to give an update, I posted my Shoe video which was my 3rd fiesta mission, and I took the advice of a few of you (thanks Dave and Lacey!) and tried my very first stop motion video. I did it myself with a stupid digital camera and a wobbly tripod, and I really thought it was going to be horrible because I did it all by myself and afterwards thought I'd only taken about 50 pictures or so... but when I uploaded the pictures to my computer, there 193! I was super impressed with myself, haha. I was tired and hot and sweaty after, so if there is one thing I learned from this whole experience, it's to never make a stop motion video by yourself. xD
Days until I leave for London: 4
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