Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Nam

Well it's 12:57am, I'm sipping a New Glarus Spotted Cow beer and listening to Michael Franti's "What I Be" as I begin packing for my flight to Vietnam. The weather here in Wisconsin? It's around a frigid 20 degrees and snowy. Lots, and lots, of snow. In Vietnam? High 80s and sunny. That sounds absolutely perfect. It still hasn't hit me yet that I', about to go spend an entire semester abroad, halfway around the world. It will be an adventure though, one hell of a fun and exciting adventure indeed. What do I still have to get done?

  • Update my iPod with my latest favorite music and fill it with pictures of my family, friends, and home.
  • Delete my Facebook until May. It's literally impossible to access social media over there.
  • Convince the cat to get out of my suitcase. Sorry, Abbey.
  • Charge my digital SLR camera and HD video camera.
  • Find out which of the many travel adapters I have, actually works for the power outlets in Vietnam.
  • Try to fit nearly five months worth of stuff into one suitcase.
  • Shut my iPhone off until May. That's staying behind in the states and I'm okay with that.
  • Make a couple last-minute phone calls to my best buddies to say goodbye.
  • Finish packing. Finish packing. Finish packing.
  • Watch a bit more of "The Office." This show is incredible.
  • Attempt to contain the anticipation and sleep.

More updates to come as I start my two days worth of traveling to get to Ho Chi Minh City. Ahead of me I've got a combined time of nearly 24 hours sitting on airplanes, so I'll be writing to pass th time.