It has been a while since my last post! Between finals, applying to the School of Education, and the holidays, I’ve barely had time to sit down much less think about departure. But, well, I leave in 3 days now, so I can’t put it off any further. As I was starting to pack clothes the other afternoon, it suddenly hit me. In just a few short days, I am going to be on a flight halfway across the world. There’s still so much I want to do while at home! Friends to see, restaurants to eat at, drinking as many Caribou Coffee Coolers I can get my hands on and, of course, plenty of puppy cuddles!
As the pile of clothes, shoes, and make up I have set aside gets larger and larger, the suitcases I’m bringing seem to get smaller and smaller. Luckily, the girls I nanny got me a travel size adult coloring book for Christmas, so now I don’t have to worry about leaving my other ones behind. Aside from worrying about my ever-growing pile of stuff to pack, there have been plenty of other things to stress about. For instance, today I spent time googling British-English to American-English translations. I just hope my mind can keep track of chips vs. French fries and crisps vs. potato chips! Then, just when I started becoming completely overwhelmed with the idea of leaving home, and Madison, behind, I received a message from above. Okay, well it was actually a message on Facebook, but the idea is still the same. Now, to be completely honest, I’m not sure who all is reading my blog post. Whether it’s just my family, friends, aspiring travelers, or I’m just writing for myself, I hope you find a little bit of joy in reading this. Regardless, I wanted to give a special shout out to my cousin Hannah. In the middle of my post shower, stress-relieving off-pitch rendition of Hairspray, I got a Facebook message from my cousin …Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that I have family in England?! Just when I was afraid to leave my family and friends, and nerves were at an all time high, I got a reminder that I won’t be alone. So, once again, thank you Hannah, for reminding me that no matter how far from home I will be traveling, family will always be there for me.
I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to say that I will have family near by. Even though I haven’t met them all face-to-face, family is family. Finally, not only can I say that I can actually enter the UK because I recently received my student VISA in the mail, but I am also able to say that I am completely ready to go (well aside from the packing part, I’ve been procrastinating quite a lot on that). While I know saying goodbye to my family, dog, and friends will be hard, and there are sure to be lots of tears at the airport, I can’t wait to begin this new journey. I know that I can make London my home, and with the help of newfound friends, and family, the bustling city of London will eventually seem a little less overwhelming. I’m ready to leave my worries at the airport, and finally take off. In a little less than 72 hours, I’ll be coming to you live from London. Until then, Happy New Year to everyone reading this, best wishes for 2017! Signing off from Minnesota, for the last time, Cheers!