I've been learning quite a lot about the power of anticipation these past couple of weeks. Going to work everyday while everyone else has school has been really weird and I still feel like I'm on winter break, which will be coming to an end very soon. A few weeks ago I started getting nervous since this is my first time out of the country and my first time away from people I know for an extended period of time and once that feeling hit, the work weeks just flew by. I remember thinking "oh God, I only have two months before I leave" now there's only about 12 hours left. I couldn't slow down the weeks even though I really wanted to sometimes. I know it's only 4 months, and that's nothing in the whole scheme of things and it's going to fly by just like the preceding weeks have. Sometimes I can make it seem like a very short time I'll be gone and other times I can't imagine being away for months.
So tomorrow morning at 5am my mom, sister, Max and I are heading up to Logan airport in Boston to begin my 21 hour travel. I have a 2 hour layover in New Jersey and then a straight flight to Beijing, China from there. My roommate Nelson said the plane is going to go right over the north pole and I'm super excited about that, even if we're going to be too high up to see anything. And I'm hoping to sleep some of those hours, but I actually doubt that will happen. How quickly do you think I can adjust to the time difference between the east coast of America and Beijing -12 hours? At least it'll be easy to figure out what time it is when I'm trying to make Skype calls.
I've packed, unpacked, packed and unpacked like 4 or 5 times now with checklists and everything. By this time I think anything I forget, I'll just have to buy when I get there. I found it really hard not to over-pack, but I'm pretty sure I failed at that. Right now my stomach can't decide whether its hungry or panicking, and neither can my brain. I've found out that someone will be meeting me at the airport in Beijing, so no worries about finding my way to campus. I will make sure I get you guys pictures of everything! Wish me luck and I'll see you in a few days!