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The day after tomorrow

"Buona fortuna!"

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So if anyone has seen my beautifully color coded schedule of my last two weeks here in Illinois, you know that I've been extremely busy lately. Between all of the starbucks drinks, lunch dates, and late night phone conversations, I've actually managed to say goodbye to the Illinois crew.
I drastically underestimated how hard it would be to say goodbye to all these people who I love. When I left for DC, I was saying my goodbyes thinking that I would be coming back and living in Illinois again after six months. But now I'm saying things like " I'll be seeing you this winter break" or " Next summer we're definitely hanging out" - and amidst all of the words to describe leaving to go live in another country, "easy" is definitely not one of them. It's not that I anticipated this whole new adventure or saying goodbye to my closest family and friends to be easy, but I never thought it would be so unbelieveably hard.
So right now I'm sitting at my desk, with stacks of college view books to my right, and a book to my left titled " Just enough Italian- How to get by and be easily understood." My suitcase still remains unpacked ( however I have progressed to now have my clothes folded in neat piles), and I'm making a to-do list of the fifty billion things that I need to do tomorrow before I leave. And no, its not color coded.
Today I saw a commerical on tv for pasta. The characters in the commerical were sitting at a large dining room table eating ridiculous amounts of the " best pasta on the planet". The funny thing is that pretty soon Italy won't just be a country on a map,where my favorite shoes came from, or the origin of my favorite food. Its going to be where I live.
Even though these are the hardest goodbyes I've had to say, I know that this will be an amazing adventure for me. To say that I'm excited doesn't even begin to describe how thrilled I am to have this opportunity. I'm blessed with the most incredile people as my family and friends. Today as I was saying goodbye to my huge, crazy family, many of them said that they can't wait to hear all of my new stories.
So thanks for the cards, gifts, wishes, kisses, and hugs. Come next May I'll be back with not only knowledge of what the best pasta truly is, but with thousands of interesting stories from my Italian senior year.
Love Jenna

" Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart"- Confucius

Posted by Jenna M 20:34 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Packing = a beautiful disaster

Do I really need toothpaste?

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So, 7 days till Italy... and I have so much packing to do.
We've created a ground zero for packing... aka: an entire bedroom that unfortunately resembles nothing that is a suitase and clothing...
There is so much that I need to get, electric converters, phrase books so I know how do say " I have no idea what you are talking about", and of course, the handy dandy toilet seat covers.
On top of that I still am working on my college applications, last minute preparation for italy, and trying to find time to spend with everyone before I leave.
I've been noticing more and more lately that I'm going to really be missing these summer days filled with mindless TV sitcoms, fluffy airplane books, sleeping in till the afternoon, my amazing family and friends(and dog), and english speaking people.

I'm leaving in a week. Yikes.

Love Jenna

"to venture into the wilderness, one must see it, not as it is, but as it will be."- Carl Becker

Posted by Jenna M 18:48 Archived in USA Tagged packing Comments (1)

The travel blog

an explanation

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Hey everyone!

So I've decided to create a " travel blog." This is basically just a place where I can write down my thoughts for the day, shout outs to family, and for you all to see what I'm up to while I'm in Italy.
Please subscribe so that you can be notified when I change it, etc.
I'm going to miss all of you- KEEP IN TOUCH!

CIAO!

Love, Jenna

Posted by Jenna M 18:18 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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