My bedroom is littered with an array of luggage, travel books and the notes from my Spanish classes that I’ve been frantically studying. Sprite, my elderly black lab, is nestled between the six suitcases I’m trying to decide on but I don’t think he has realized that I’m leaving.
Even though I’ve been planning this trip in my head for years, I can’t say that I’ve really realized that I’m leaving either.
In 11 days I will be on a plane to New Jersey!
…Which is far less exciting than the fact that in 11 days and a few hours I will be on a plane to Madrid!
What you should know about me is I am a maximizer. I want to ring every drop of life out of this world by trying everything and leaving no option unexplored. And this is how I ended up going from planning a traditional semester study abroad to a summer experience that’s 1 month Madrid study abroad, 1 month Spanish backpacking and 1 month guided Western European tour.
Funny thing about rolling three different trips in to one is that packing becomes a real struggle. But that’s a post for another day.
Stay tuned for my musings on leaving the country for the first time and how I plan on orchestrating this borderline ridiculous endeavor.