Wait, what? I swear the semester just ended and summer aka the season of binge watching Netflix just started. But it seems time has zipped past me like a sweaty bicyclist down University Avenue. It happens regurlarly, except this time I almost didn't see the cyclist coming and nearly decided to cross the street without looking both ways. I guess what I'm trying to say with this long-winded intro is that, I'm leaving on what will probably be a life-changing trip to Europe this Friday and I still don't know what time my flight is.
My irresponsibilty stops there because I am esctatic about this journey I'm about to take. To my surprise, I managed to fit most of my gear in a small carry on suitcase. I'm just hoping I have the willpower not to go on an all out shopping spree across the pond.
I should explain my trip a little more. For the first month, I'll be on exchange with ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad. They have different programs with exchanges to different countries (Istanbul, Italy). The one I'm going on is a trip through London, Paris and then our final destination Nice, France. It's in partnership with the University of Jamestown and Univesity of Wisconsin Eau Claire, but is not limited to US students (my roommate in Nice is from Peru!). We're a class of 12 students and we'll be travelling and learning the ins and outs of international journalism from faculty who are seasoned journalists. We actually recently got an email from our professor that we'll be sitting in at a news huddle at the Guardian and the journalism dweeb in me is freaking out. That's just one of the many activities we'll be doing and I'll be blogging about the others, so stay tuned!
The second month is a family affair. I'm going to visit my aunt in London and hang out there until I fly to Amsterdam to meet with my parents. It'll be surreal seeing them amidst a setting of tulips and windmills rather than the rainy, mountainous backdrop of Vancouver.
So, I guess my first post on this site is a little bit of a humblebrag of how amazing my summer is about to get. I know a lot of people are doing equally exciting things (a trip through Europe is pretty common according to my facebook feed), but if not feel free to live vicariously through my blog!
Also, I checked and my flight's at 5:50pm.