This is absolutely crazy. I can’t even believe I’m about to go to Italy… I’m finally done packing. Turns out, I will be waking up earlier than I thought, because my family wants to be out of the house by 4:15, to be first in line for the ferry…I doubt I’ll make up for my lost sleep on the plane, cause I’ll want to see everything beneath me- I love seeing the world below when I’m flying.
There’s a change of plans for my New York itinerary….definitely not going to leave the airport now. My friends are probably going to come grab dinner with me at the airport, which is incredibly awesome :D
I’ll miss my family, but probably not as much as they would like! I’ve found I function rather well on my own. I think I’ve come home maybe three times this year besides winter and Thanksgiving breaks, and those were just to take my friends out of the city and have a homecooked meal.
I’ll be home soon enough, which is a blessing and a curse…It’ll be nice to come home and see everyone, but I know I’ll want to stay in Europe for longer.
I’m going to try to get some sleep tonight, but I doubt I’ll even fall asleep! 3:30 is already so close…we’ll see what happens.
Ciao! Vado a Roma!
On Thursday, March 22, I will be waking up bright and early to catch the 4:45 AM ferry, to make it to my 7:20 flight from Seatac…that’ll be an interesting way to start this trip! From Seattle, I’ll be flying to New York, where I’ll have a 7 hour layover. I’ll hopefully have enough time to make it into the city to see my friends Mimi and Greer, and see New York for the first time- a quick stroll through Times Square and coffee/dinner will be all I’ll have time for, I think. I’ll make my way back to the airport, and catch my 10:35 flight headed for Rome! Then, Friday at noon, I’ll arrive and start my 10 weeks as a student in Italy!
…this all seems so crazy right now. I’ve only ever been to Canada, and I’ve always flown with at least one other person. I’m about to be incredibly independent for the first time. I don’t know what to expect from Rome; I barely know what my course schedule will be like, let alone what I’ll be doing when not in class. So while I’m incredibly excited to be doing this, I’m also very, VERY nervous.
I should probably begin packing for this trip, though I’ve been told I really don’t need to bring that much. I just need to pack clothes and toiletries, a towel for if we go to the beach possibly, and a gift to give my host family in Calabria that represents Seattle. There are also still many people I need to say goodbye to…
It seems strange to be leaving everyone in Seattle behind. I’ve met so many amazing people at UW this year, and I’m worried the relationships I’ve formed with people that aren’t completely solidified yet will disappear when I return to the U in the fall. I’m hoping I can stay updated with people enough through Facebook/Tumblr that this won’t be a problem.
Well, that’s probably enough to get this blog started. I don’t know if I’ll have lots of time to update it, but I really hope that I can!