The Beginning of the Beginning

Who likes to pack? Honestly. Packing is one of my least favorite activities. No matter how excited I am for London. Packing can kiss my rear end. This summer has been a whirlwind of an amazing time! I scored an internship with Red Frog Events, an event planning company in Chicago. I’ve been wading in mud, jumping over fire, drinking beer, hanging in hammocks at Firefly, and traveling throughout the United States while laughing all the way. Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to plan, pack, etc. and having a planning-oriented mind, I’m beginning to mildly freak out. Although, I had an idea of where I wanted to travel when I jumped the pond, I was still clueless as to how I will get there, where I’ll stay, how much cash-money I’ll be spending, what I’ll need to pack, yadda, yadda and the list goes on. What, you may ask, did I do to calm myself down? I began to make a list of all the cities I want to go to and started researching. The result: separate packets for each city and a much calmer Maddy. Stage 1 of pre-departure anxiety complete.

Now, for Stage 2… Packing. I am spending a week at home in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin while haphazardly trying to reorganize my life post-Chicago. Yikes. The furniture in my living room is completely covered in clothing, boots, toiletries, boots, jackets, boots, oh, and more boots. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a boot-aholic. I’ll be bringing 3 pairs with me to London and who knows how many I’ll come back with.

I understand that this post may scare some of you prospective study-abroaders but please don’t my semi-spastic personality scare you! Like I said, I am a planner to the core. Once I step off that plane in Heathrow, I’ll be able to take a huge sigh of relief. While leaving the worries behind, I’ll be able to start this new chapter!

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’m sure my suitcase will be full and my carryon’s will be heavy but I’m almost ready to go! I’ll be posting once I get settled in Britain.

Cheers!