Well, the morning of departure has finally arrived. The drive to Grand Rapids yesterday was quite unique, featuring everything from emergency car fixes (performed by yours truly) to chasing down a backpacker who guided me to the KE apartments off campus. For the first few hours of the drive, I couldn’t keep my mind from drifting back to everything I packed, thinking, “Did I forget anything?” I guess the better question is, “Is what I forgot important?”
It’s difficult — impossible, even — to plan for all eventualities in the four months I will be abroad. I’m sure that I’ve forgotten things that I wanted to bring, but as long as I have the things that are absolutely essential, like money, a passport, and the proper documents to get a visa, I can survive having forgotten other things that I wanted to bring.
I have so many errands to run today, so I don’t have too much time to spend getting to know my overnight roommates. So far, they have been very kind and enjoyable, although sleeping in the loud environment of KE forced me to bring out some noise cancelling stuff to help me sleep (which I did very little of anyway). I need to pick up my parking pass (I hope they didn’t ticket me overnight since the office was closed and I couldn’t get the pass!), store my luggage in Theta-Epsilon until I meet with a friend, drop some stuff off at the campus safety office, and deliver the information for my interim in Japan to my Japanese teacher, Schau-sensei, who is (conveniently) at the furthest possible place on campus from where I am or will be today.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to hopping on the plane and doing something — probably reading the books I brought and marking them up for referencing in my honor’s thesis. I’m not nervous, but I would like to be in Hungary so that we can start to get some things (like a schedule) solidified.
It may be a day or two before I’m back on again — I don’t know how easy it will be to access the wireless at Karoli Gaspar, or what kind of meetings Professor Feenstra wants to have when we arrive. I don’t know how long we will be at the desks getting our visas either, so it may be that we arrive in Budapest at 11:00 but don’t actually have time to rest until 9pm or later. We’ll see.
Let the adventures begin!