Today’s the day, today’s the day, today’s the day!
My flight for Munich (my only layover…phew) leaves later today. In the few hours I left here, it’s time for me to finally finish packing, which has taken me most of the last few days.
We need various school supplies for the camp we’re running with Creativus, and for some reason, I was elected to be the one to buy the supplies and bring them over. I love back-to-school shopping, so I may have gone a little overboard… $120 later, I realized I needed to fit school supplies for over 100 kids, as well as my own clothes, in one suitcase. Originally, we were planning on checking two bags, but once I realized how expensive that was ($200 for a second bag?!?! Really?!?!), I realized it was better just to have an overweight bag (by better, I meant it only cost $150. So better is a relative term). Once I decided I was only going to have one bag, then came the problem of getting everything to fit:
Ultimately, I ended up stashing school supplies in my carryon, my purse, and whatever pocket I could fit them in. I’m going to be going through customs with bags of crayons in my pockets. I know that customs will probably try to confiscate everything because they’ll think I’m trying to sell it, but at this point, I don’t really care. I’m just going to tell them I’m really into Crayola and hope it flies.
In the past day, I’ve had to do all sorts of mundane tasks in preparation for traveling like buying last minute supplies, printing out all my boarding passes, and calling my bank to let them know they’ll be transactions on my debit card from abroad. That in itself was a trip. The customer service representative I spoke to didn’t recognize the country names of Bosnia or Croatia, didn’t know they were in Europe, and couldn’t pronounce them even though they were spelled right in front of him. When it came time to hang up, he told me to “Have a nice trip in…Buh…uh…Cr…uh…wherever you’re going!” It was an experience that made me realize how important it is for me to talk about other countries and my experiences once I get back to the US and become involved with the school system.
Anyway, it’s time for me to take my final shower in the US, pack away my contact lenses, check and double check and triple check that I have my passport and my wallet with me, and head on out to the airport! I can’t believe after 7 months of preparation, today is finally the day!