What?! I Leave Tomorrow?!

Rachel Elwell
August 29, 2014

Well, it is my last night in America for four months and incidentally, my last night in the house that I have lived in since I was four. So, needless to say, there are a lot of changes happening for me right now. But, even though it’s a little scary, it’s also incredibly exciting. I mean, I have traveled to several places, and by several I mean a lot, but never for quite this amount of time. It is so surreal that it is actually happening. Like, it really hasn’t quite hit me yet. I’m still in a very “la-dee-da easy America life, nothing is really changing” mindset. I mean, I am all packed, and not just my suitcase for Spain, but my entire room is all packed away in boxes and trash bags,


yet I still feel oblivious to the fact that I will be on a completely different soil in just two days. In one day I will just not be on soil at all. More like very thin air. In a plane. But I digress, I know that this will be an amazing journey that I am so grateful to be a part of.

I guess what I am most nervous about is the whole foreign language business. I have been studying Spanish for a little under 6 years now, but I still feel so separated from the language. It just doesn’t really click with me. Which is actually the main reason why I decided to study in Spain in the first place. Is it ironic that my main purpose for going abroad is what’s causing my main anxieties about it? I suppose sometimes life just works out that way. Well, as they say, the more exposure to something you have, the more you will understand it. Do they say that? Something along those lines, I’m sure, has been said. And I think it will be a learning curve for everyone, some (me especially) more than others, but everyone nonetheless.

As I was saying before, I have packed my life away and have no idea how I will have space to bring anything back.

I suppose I could ship some stuff, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. But I will definitely want some souvies. Packing is ridiculously hard, like I want to bring everything, and that just is not possible with only one suitcase and one carryon. I still have to weigh my suitcase….uh oh. Other than packing to get ready, I found my european plug converters (why do so many countries have different ones like is that really necessary?) and got my nails done.

All pampered for 24 hours of traveling, hooray! But actually, as much as I hate flying, I do enjoy international flights. Everywhere else just does it so much better than America in terms of air comfort. It’s actually painful to use American air services after using European ones.

Anyway, I’m off to eat some dinner and pack anything else that needs packing and probably marathon The Office all night instead of sleeping. Because who would be able to sleep on a night like this? Doubtfully me, that’s for sure. Next time, and the rest of the times after that, will all be VIDEO BLOGS WOOOOO, so get stoked for that anyone who has read this far. Well, peace out everyone. Have a great day/night/rest of your life. See you next time!


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Rachel Elwell

<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Rachel and I am in love with traveling. I come from California and I am currently studying digital media at the University of Rochester. I am an avid watcher of TV, eating delicious food, and fan of long walks on the beach. Exploring new places and learning about the world are my passions and I hope to share them with anyone I can.</span></p>

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