In two weeks, I will leave for one year. I will be studying in Poitiers, France.
Two weeks is not a long time. Here is a list of things I have done and things I have yet to do between now and August 26:
-received my long-stay student visa
-registered for an absentee ballot
-obtained immunization records
-called insurance company about prescriptions
-asked Dominique and Jean-Pierre if I could stay with them in Paris for two days before taking the train to Poitiers
-checked luggage regulations
-endless paperwork and photocopying of documents
-figure out how to pack a year's worth of stuff into one suitcase
-buy calling cards
-change luggage tags to address in France
-figure out the most economical and practical way to pack a year's worth of my preferred brand of tampons in my suitcase
-make three copies of all important documents
-attempt to make myself presentable by getting eyebrows waxed, hair trimmed, et cetera
-write to Dominique and Jean-Pierre about the cell phone issue
-mentally prepare myself for turblulence during my flights
-buy converters, adaptors
-actually practice my French?
I am going to France in two weeks. I am leaving in two weeks to live in France for a year. In two weeks I will finally be able to live my fantasy of drinking wine while wearing a silk slip in a French apartment.
Also: Leaving in two weeks means seeing Jess and Alex in three weeks, and seeing Jeremy in about two months. I am so excited.