Well I'm off to London a mere 5 days from now. I have promised mom that I will keep a blog over the 4 and a half months while I am away. So I suppose I'll start now and document a bit of the packing and prep process.
For potential readers (if in fact I have readers without the last name of Lauten) that do not know the details of my semester in Europe, I'll sum it up briefly. On Friday, I will be leaving for London where I will be staying in apartment/dorm-like place in Earl's Court for the next 8 weeks. I will be staying with about 20 other students from a collection of small colleges in the midwest. Together, we will be taking the same classes and living together throughout the trip. Then, we have a week long break to travel wherever we'd like (destination yet to be determined). And then I will be off to Florence for another 8 weeks where I will be living with an Italian family.
At the moment, I'm watching "Notting Hill" to get in the British spirit and doing what feels like a thousand loads of laundry. I will be exceedingly happy when the packing process is complete. But I am sooo excited to begin my journey! I will try to blog routinely and keep everyone up-to-date.