piece of advice for future outbound students #4:
be prepared to leave at any time. you never know what might happen.
i'm still not absolutely sure when i'm leaving. it could be anywhere from the first to the ninth of August, because my travel agency hasn't given me a schedule yet.
that said, they also haven't given me my visa yet...
and they have yet to send my passport back...
...so i may not be leaving on time after all...
i'm hoping everything goes well, and i trust the travel agency. so we'll see!
things that have happened in the past 10 days:
- finally, i got to visit the rotary club of tillamook! in a rather roundabout way, they helped to make my exchange possible. I was an alternate (see this post to know what that means), and by sponsoring an inbound they provided an extra outbound slot. so it was wonderful to meet the rotarians there, and they were all super nice :)
- family retreat which involved murky ponds, ridiculously fast slides, bananagrams, and sandblasting. it was fun to make memories, and somehow everything was different because i know that i'm leaving. i'm not sure if that makes sense or not.
- still attempting to read books in german (see this post).
- also still attempting to stuff all my shoes in one suitcase. i never realized how many pairs of shoes i own until i tried to pack them.
- shoes are hard to pack. did you know that?