I’m getting more and more anxious as time passes and all my friends have already returned to college. I’m ready to get everything started!
I’ve been thinking about all the things that will change about my daily life for the next 5 months. Besides not seeing my family or friends, I have no TV and i won’t be up on movies! (I don’t know what i’m going to do without Scrubs in my life.)
I’ve also been thinking about the places i want to visit while i’m staying in Italy. I want to get to Palermo, Sicily and check out the Cappucin Crypt: underneath the catholic church, there are hundreds of mummies from the 1600′s, when the mummification process was legal.
I’ve been trying to make the most of the next two weeks by going out with friends and family. I’ve also taken to eating the occasional burger and fries, knowing that it’s probably not going to be the same in Europe.
I’m also extra-nervous about flying. I don’t know why I’m so afraid, considering I’ve done it before. So I’m also taking the time I have to convince myself it’s not so scary by finding out as much info as I can about how planes are safer than everything else.
One good tip I can offer to other students who plan on going to Italy in the future, is that the visa process is long. I spent about two hours waiting in the office, which was like an underground DMV, complete with uncomfortable chairs, and angry people behind glass. My advice is to get there 15 minutes before it opens and bring a book.
…and so the waiting game stretches on, with 11 days left until my departure.