As all of you are probably aware, packing to go overseas is a little different than an overnight bag to grandma’s house. I am currently sitting on my bedroom floor, surrounded by a stash of medicine, a hair straightener, phone and camera charger, toothbrush/toothpaste, some jeans and a sweatshirt, a heap of underwear and socks and a pile of shirts. There are plenty of other goodies and necessities as I like to call them, strung throughout the house that I am planning on organizing and packing but just haven’t gotten to yet. I was in the middle of trying to pack when I thought, I should probably check my email, and came across the invitation for the blog! Which of course was much more inviting than my suitcase and the mess of stuff around me.
As I sit here, trying to decide what I should and should not try to cram into my bag for our 2 week excursion, I am getting little butterflies inside my stomach. I am unbelievably excited to make this journey across the ocean to England. I am particularly enthusiastic about actually seeing the Cathedrals, landmarks, and museums that we have been talking about in class. Discussing the history of these places is one thing, but actually knowing that in a few short days we will be walking around and “experiencing” it all is fantastic.
I cannot wait to experience what it is like to be inside the hospital in England. I would imagine it is something like a hospital here, although there is just such a huge difference between our healthcare and their National Health Service. In my wildest dreams I could imagine that someday it would be magnificent to be a nurse in a Hospital in Europe and live there for a few years!
I am fortunate to be able to say this will be my second trip abroad, I have previously traveled to France, Italy and Greece. I am thrilled to be returning to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and I am determined to order my “Un sandwich à fromage avec du jambon et un orangina,” in French of course! (ham and cheese on a baguette with an Orangina) As long as I can remember the correct pronunciation from High school, and Freshman year at Otterbein! The Louvre would be a must see as well, if there is time, because the feeling you get when seeing and being close enough to touch the sculptures and paintings is incredible.
I hope to gain a great deal from this trip, including but not limited to, a better cultural understanding, some fun facts from the museums and Cathedrals and incredible pictures! England has always seemed enchanting to me, partly because of the accents but also their way of life. The royalty, the carefree attitudes, and the history that seems to go back forever!
England, here we come!!