Tuesday, June 24, 2008

2 Days to Go - It's getting close!

So, here I sit, amazed to say that I really only have 2 days left before I depart for New Zealand. It's so unreal... I've been so excited about it for so long and now it's nearly here! I can almost not believe it. But there are certain things that make it so clear it's happening: I've got my housing assignment: 363 Leith Street. I got a list of other people in my Arcadia orientation group, and their addresses for the semester. We received an orientation itinerary. I've talked to my Kiwi hosts, Sarah and Jess. Probably the most clear indication that I'm about to go is that I'm pretty much all packed. I didn't have any trouble fitting what I needed into 2 suitcases: one is about 30 pounds, the other 20, so they're well below the limit. I'm surprised: I'm usually terrible at packing light. But I knew I had to, so I did. And I visited Jeff this weekend, and said goodbye. It was sad, but we'll be able to talk on Skype, which is really nice. Tomorrow is my last real day in the States for about 4.5 months (Wednesday doesn't count, I'll be in airports or traveling the whole time). It's weird to think that. Despite loving the Rufus Wainwright song "Going to a Town," I'm not "so tired of you, America." I mean, sure, America has its problems, but I love it all the same. Mostly I'll miss the people I am leaving behind. I am really excited to embrace new people, and a new culture, and learn and experience so many new things.

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