Monday, August 16, 2010

Packing and Goodbyes

So, today I finished packing. Mostly. I still have a few things that I have to wash, but I'm going to do laundry tomorrow. I have a before & after picture of my suitcase. Everything needs a before and after picture, right?

Before... ...and After.
So, yes. Tomorrow, I will leave my childhood home. I have everything I need: my visa, my passport, my packed suitcase, all my paperwork. Tomorrow, tomorrow,'s still so unreal. I won't believe I'm leaving until I am on that plane. Life is crazy right now...I have never lived anywhere other than this city, so it's time to take an adventure! But saying goodbye is bittersweet. Yesterday, Mathilde and I had our "Bon Voyage" party, complete with Belgian-flag cake. It was so nice to see everyone...all the people I'm going to miss next year. Still, it will be worth it. Sure, I'm leaving everything I know and love, everything I have ever known, but I'm leaving all this to learn about a new culture, learn a new language, and learn to live with and love a new family, another group of friends. It will give me another reason to travel in the future, but also give me a reason to be glad to come home. This is really the adventure of a lifetime.
Oh, man. Tomorrow. The final goodbye.
But every goodbye brings another hello.
au revoir.

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