Tomorrow I depart for Sydney, Australia! I leave behind all familiarity and venture off to a country halfway around the world in the completely opposite hemisphere! It’s hard to believe the day I’ve been waiting for, for so many years, is finally almost here. I can’t wait to immerse myself completely in a new culture and live and breathe the Aussie way of life! Australia has been consuming my every thought for the past week (as if it wasn’t already months ago). I can’t even begin to contain my excitement!!! How am I supposed to sit on a plane for almost 24 hours straight when I’m so eager and anxious to be there?!! Underneath all the anxiousness and excitement though, is nervousness. I have no idea what to expect for the next 5 months. After being so accustomed to certainty (to some extent at least), it’s daunting to think that I really have no idea what’s going to happen in my life for 5 whole months.
Since starting college, I’ve always had some idea of what’s to come. I always have a set schedule of classes months before the semester starts. I have friends and family to fall back on when needed. I know what life is like in Madison, and I always have a general idea of what’s to come. With Sydney, I haven’t the slightest inkling of what’s to come. Despite everything I’ve learned about Australia over the years (thanks to my obsession with the country), there is really no way for me to know what it’s like to live there. It’s an entirely unfamiliar environment. The fact that I’ll be living on a college campus doesn’t provide me with much security either, as I have no idea what “uni” life is like in Australia.
All of that aside, my biggest concern at the moment is how I’m going to manage to fit all my clothes, shoes, and toiletries into 2 suitcases. I’ve always been a bad packer (in other words, I over pack like it’s my job).
I also have a terrible habit of waiting to pack till the last minute. On top of that, like any fellow procrastinator, I happen to be great at distracting myself. After packing in a few shirts, I can’t help but grab my laptop and look up pictures of Australia. To be completely honest, I’m even distracting myself right now, blogging as I sit atop a pile of clothes. I guess I should get back to packing! Next time you hear from me, I’ll be in beautiful Sydney! Australia, here I come!!!
Hoo roo for now!