University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jetting Jitters!

Seems like a long time ago that I sat at my computer and starting the never-ending process of studying abroad.  The time has sprinted by (as I knew it would) and I now have just 3 days before departure!

Some days my stomach settles itself around my throat.  I’m staying in Iceland for 4 days before getting to Norway.  Having never even flown by myself before, maybe staying the extra four days by myself in a country in which I am not fluent in the language was not my brightest idea.

The other day I made a trip to the local Barnes & Nobles to find a paperback to read on the planes.  I came out with A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, to calm my nerves.  My situation reminds me of one of my favorite Norwegian books, Naiv. Super. by Erlend Loe, which is about a guy who turns 25 years old and has a bit of a meltdown. He becomes obsessed with time and the workings of the universe when he starts reading a book about physics.  It seemed to calm him, so I’m trying to employ the same tactics. I’ll let you know how it goes.  Not that I’m having a meltdown, but I’m getting pretty anxious about my trip.

I haven’t even started packing because most of my belongings are at home and I am still in Madison (with one final exam and 2 days of work left to go!).  So I’m sure that is going to be a hassle and a half.  Oh, and I don’t have any luggage yet.  Maybe I’m not the prime person to be setting an example, I am SUCH a  procrastinator!  But I like to “learn by do” and I like to think that I’m setting a great what-not-to-do example.  We’ll find out I guess!

I’ll write again soon when I get settled in to Bø. This is gonna be great.  I just know it.

Until then, ha det bra!

-Alyx

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