So, remember last time I wrote I only had 39 days left on my paper chain until departure? Well, that number is now at a whopping FIVE DAYS. Yupp, only five days left until I hop on a plane and travel halfway across the world. So you may ask… Am I nervous? What have I packed? What am I bringing? When am I arriving at the airport? The truth is I am still not sure that it has actually hit me that I am leaving. I have had barely anytime to think about China, since I was studying 24/7 for the past two weeks, finished my last final exam two days ago, packed, moved out of my apartment in Madison and have now moved back home. I think the next thing on my agenda is unpacking everything before I begin to start re-packing for China. I may be cutting it close, but I have just been way too busy. So, the next couple days I will hopefully, buy some essentials, successfully pack (and not forget anything important), hang out with my friends, and spend some time with my family before I leave. Maybe by then it will have hit me that I am leaving and I will have some time to be nervous…however, I think my mom is nervous enough for the both of us and then some. J She is definitely going to be that parent at the airport that has an emotional breakdown causing everyone else flying that day to be a nervous wreck….yupp that will be her for sure.
The only thing I do know that I am going to miss my family and friends so much, and the fact that I won’t be able to text or call anyone OR use facebook (because it’s banned in China) doesn’t help the situation. I am really leaning on skype to communicate with everyone when I’m gone, which also is hard because there is a thirteen hour time difference. Hopefully, I will get used to it and be too busy during the day to worry. I am sure I will be fine, but it will take some getting used to. I am always texting my friends whenever something even remotely interesting happens in my life, but I guess I will just have that many more fun stories to tell them when I get back.
Packing is also something I am worried about. Anyone that knows me, knows that my closet alone could probably cloth all of China. I have so much stuff and narrowing down what I am bringing WILL be an issue. My plan right now is to pack everything I need on my carry-on and personal item, which is a small duffle bag, and I am going to hope and pray that they are the right weights, which reminds me I should probably look into how much they can weigh. Now, everyone I tell this to laughs at me and says I’m crazy, but I really do think I can fit everything I need in them. My goal is to have my checked bag empty or as close to empty as I can, so that I can fill that up with things I buy in China. HOPEFULLY, this works out and if it doesn’t I don’t know what I’ll do. I guess I will have to let you know how that all works out for me next time J
One more thing I think I should mention is, not only am I going to China for a month, but afterwards me and a friend are going to take a mini-vacay and head to Australia for a week. I know….we’re JUST going to Australia for FUN afterwards…NBD. So in exactly one month from tomorrow I will be in Australia, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and hanging out with kangaroos down under. J I really really really really suggest to everyone who is studying abroad to take the opportunity to travel around afterwards. Our take on this was “when is the next time we will be THIS close to Australia????” which led us to believe that not going to Australia just wasn’t an option. So, what was suppose to be just a couple hundred more dollars in airfare, has turned into an expensive trip, but I know once I’m in Australia I won’t regret it at all.
The next five weeks has really turned into what I know will be the trip of a lifetime. Never again will I be in college, twenty years old, traveling the world, and studying something I am truly passionate about: design. I cannot wait to take in everything China and Australia has to offer and I just want to make sure I learn as much as I can, have fun, live with no regrets, and enjoy every minute of everyday. I cannot believe I am saying this…but next time I write I will be sitting at Peking University in Beijing China. I have no clue what to bring, how to deal with a 14 hour flight, or what to expect in China, but I’m sure I’ll be able to tell you about it next time!
AHHHHHHHH wish me luck and good flying weather!