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Published: February 2nd 2005
No, I'm not gone yet. I'm packed and almost ready to go, but I'm starting to get nervous. One big problem is I don't have semester-long housing quite squared away yet, and won't until a few days after I arrive in Ireland. The plan is to stay at a Bed and Breakfast (called Cregan's-- sounds cozy, right?) for a few nights until I can check out some houses and apartments around Univ. of Limerick and find a suitable one. Being the (generally) organized person I am (not counting my room), this last-minute stuff is sometimes hard to swallow. But, the UL international student guide says to find housing in this way, so I just pray it all works out when I get over there.
I fly out of RDU on Sunday afternoon, hit the airport in Philly and then head to Boston before finally making my flight to Shannon Airport (just about a 30-minute drive from Limerick). I arrive in Shannon at 6:15AM on Monday and then have a few folks to meet with in Limerick about housing, so no napping! (One actually agreed to meet me in front of the pub he owns a few blocks from my B&B-- how cool is that?) But anyway, no sleeping allowed-- must get rid of jet lag!
I suppose I'm finally realizing that I'm going to be in a FOREIGN COUNTRY for a WHOLE SEMESTER, which is kinda scary but also cool, I know. Like my mom said today (and many others have said in the past), it's like a semester-long vacation. More than that, it's an adventure. And an adventure I'm looking forward to!
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