How to Leave a Country in 10 Days

In 10 days, I will board un avion and set off on the adventure I’ve been dreaming about forever.

The thought of it is unreal. A whole semester away from my native country in what will soon be my adopted country, for studies and travel; pinch me I must be dreaming.

Hands down, the hardest thing is going to be being away from my family and friends. Just thinking about it makes me very sad. Although, at the same time, I have so much support from them all that I shouldn’t feel anything but grateful and happy that this is finally happening. My dream is becoming reality; and in my heart, I know that everything is going to be okay and my 6/7 months in Europe will go by fast. Because if 2013 was testament to anything, time flies when you’re having fun.

I received my passport/visa this past Wednesday, only 5 days after my appointment at the consulate, which was great news! So, all that’s left to do is to pack and board that airplane. Then, the real journey can begin.

In a previous post I said I’d make a list of some things that I want to see/do while I’m abroad; and voilà! Here it is.

  • Explore France: Toulouse, Paris, the French countryside, NW/NE/SW/SE, Côte d’Azur, partout
  • Meet loads of new people and make some really good friends
  • Spend some time with my French penpal, Ambre
  • Train to Spain – attend a Spanish football match (I haven’t decided if I’m FC Barcelona or Real Madrid – I have friends from both)
  • Travel to Belgium – two words: BELGIAN CHOCOLATE
  • Improve my French skills bien sûr :)
  • Carnevale di Venezia
  • Rome, Florence, VERONA – have to write my letter to Juliet
  • Meet my almost Italian au pair family, if they’ll still have me
  • Return to London – as well as all of the UK, Prince Harry is calling
  • Bastille Day – I am not leaving Europe until I see fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower, mark my words
  • Make spontaneous, but smart decisions
  • No regrets – live the stories I can tell my future grandchildren about
  • Grow as a person – so much can happen in 7 months

10 more days. Ce qui m’effrayent et m’émerveillent en même temps.