I have a lot of thoughts.
Next week, I will be travelling to the airport to go to London, England for three weeks. For those of you who might not know me very well, this is sort of a dream that I had during my English classes in high school. There was this map of the United Kingdom on the wall and I would just imagine myself in those places. I'm sad to say that the excitement has not hit me yet, but it's been a pretty rough time trying to go. Even though I only have 7 days before I leave, I am still waiting for certain financial things to be settled. I have had such a long "pre-departure journey," so I am really hoping my actual journey will be brilliant.
I am a little excited to go though. It will surface once everything goes through okay and probably burst out of me like Old Faithful. My other blog is dedicated to my online summer class. I've been trying to work ahead so that I can focus on my class there and have time to do everything I want to do in England. I have made many lists and have had to cancel trips but also go on ones I never considered. My weekends are completely spent in different countries! I will be spending the first weekend travelling to Edinburgh, Scotland and hopefully (again, hoping financial things get settled) taking a tour of the Highlands. I'll be travelling with a friend I haven't met yet, but she seems really nice over Facebook. I mean, offering to go to a different country with someone you don't know just seems like a really kind idea. The next weekend, I will be traveling to Paris, France, with the program.
The class I will be taking while I am in England is Video Production. I read in a blog that you should have a goal when you visit a different country. Mine will be to work on my video skills and photography skills. Hopefully with this class, I can improve on those and also create many weight-free memories to bring home.
I am planning on packing practically nothing when I go. There's something incredibly liberating about that decision. Even though I'm not at the amount of excitement as I thought I might be at this point, I do feel like this is going to be a life changing three weeks. I have this feeling in my soul-stomach (the word "gut" is unflattering) that I am going to find a very beautiful, unforgettable lesson in all of this. I can't wait for that. I feel so privileged to go to a country whose history is much older than ours. My boyfriend and I are currently into Downton Abbey and the historical events in it are always reminding us that war is real and there is much to be learned from it. It'll be refreshing to learn about history from a different perspective.
I guess the biggest thing that I am excited for is that the places I thought were fairy tales growing up are actually real, visit-able places. I will be able to see them for my own eyes and take my own pictures instead of relying on everyone else to show me the world.
Can you tell I'm aiming for independence right now?
I hope that within these next few days, my mom does not worry too much, but who am I kidding? My dad is supportive and happy for me most of the time. As for Sammy, he has been sleeping next to me every night. What a sweetheart. He's our beagle. Another sweetheart is my boyfriend who is working at Cedar Point this year. Not one of the crap jobs, but he's playing trombone for some of their shows.
Like I said, I have lots of thoughts. Once financial things get solved, I will feel much better about going. I've had a lot of help for this trip and I truly appreciate it. Hopefully, when I get back, I can look at this post and be glad that there was nothing to worry about. :)