It is now less than a week before I fly to Rome, Italy to spend three weeks studying abroad as a part of my grad program at ETSU. I must admit that after I found out I was going to Italy, I pulled out my 'Lizzie McGuire Movie' dvd and watched it. Granted it is very corny, but I still love it. It came out when I was in 7th grade and of course like any fan I was cheering for Lizzie and Gordo to end up together. Which they did :) I still wonder though, what ever happened to Miranda, their best friend? Anyways, it was cool to see several tourist spots in the film. (I've also watched Angels & Demons and New Moon which have scenes in Italy as well)
Today, I began the tedious process of packing for my trip. My biggest challenge (as any girl will tell you) is obviously packing way too much for this three week adventure. I've been reminded by the boyfriend (who spent 6 weeks in Europe with just a backpack) that I need less than I think I do. I am limiting myself to one suitcase (a big suitcase and a carry-on bag) Anyways, tomorrow I am going shopping with my mom to get comfy walking shoes and possibly some new outfits.
I don't speak any Italian, so this is probably the time I should learn a couple of phrases (i.e. bathroom, please, thank you, excuse me). There is so much to do before I fly out on Sunday, but I've learned it always ends up getting done, so I don't need to fret.
I have already packed some of the necessities for my trip. It will be a long flight and there is a six hour time difference, so I will lose an night's sleep. Coffee is a must! I've packed my Starbucks Via and several books. It is so nice to be able to read for fun again. On my agenda is "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks. I saw the movie today with my grad school buddy Deidre. It was so good! I am also bringing "The Revolution for Women" by Priscilla Shrirer. It is a companion book related to the movie 'Courageous', which I wasn't a huge fan of, but I've heard very good things about this devotional book. I will also be packing a book of Sudoku puzzles to keep me occupied on the plane.
6 days and counting!