Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 days left!

So I have three days left officially until I leave for Konstanz! I am in the process of going through all of my clothes putting some aside that I want to take and going through them to see what I really DON'T need to bring with me, because if I bring something and I don't wear it, then it's just a waste of space in my luggage! I'm traveling with Swiss International Airlines and they allow two pieces of luggage at 50 lbs each. When you're traveling for a month two pieces of luggage at 50 lbs cant be enough!!! I suppose its going to have to be. I'm trying to pack things that I can leave in Germany; like shampoo & conditioner I can throw out before I leave because that doesn't HAVE to come back with me, and I'm bringing bars of soap instead of body wash because I'll only need one bar instead of an entire bottle.

I also bought some cool things from the store for my trip but the trial-sized packages of laundry detergent are my favorite and by far the most noteworthy. There's just something about them!

I also bought luggage from the store because everything I have is old and heavy. I got a really good price on a 7-piece set, and even though its just green I bought some fabric and I have my mom adding it to my luggage to make it "my own" so when I'm in the airport waiting to collect my baggage I'll be able to see it and know that I'm not taking the wrong luggage! She's still working on it, but I'm going to take some pictures and upload them. If you don't have a mom as handy as mine, or if you're not handy at all, another thing you can do is buy patches from walmart or michaels or any craft store (online even too) and iron them on.




so thats the luggage so far, i'm also bringing a duffle bag that i'm going to try and convince her to put some fabric on!!

But, I must depart, I still have to make photocopies of my passport and drivers license for my mom and myself...and time is slowly ticking away! More pictures to come that WILL be much better than my luggage, promise!

-Sam

Monday, July 19, 2010

12 days & counting

Right now, I have twelve days left until I get myself on a plane and head to Germany! I've been feeling so overwhelmed trying to PLAN what to pack, that I feel like there are so many things I NEED that it just won't ALL be able to come with me. There are so many unknowns, for example I have no idea if I need to bring sheets with me, or pots and pans or even a sponge to clean these things. Of course I can buy things while I'm in Germany, thats not a big deal, but I just wish I KNEW for sure what I needed to I could appropriately plan! I want to travel as lightly as possible but when you're abroad for a month that's not very easy! I'm going to have to send some emails and see what I can find out. However, once I am done with my list-making (lists keep me so organized I'd be lost at times like these without one) I will paste it onto my blog so you can see what it is I'm bringing! Hopefully when I get settled in Germany I'll be able to let you all know what was/wasn't useful and what I should have brought!

All of that aside though, I am SO excited to get there and to see EVERYTHING!!!!! I fly into Zurich, Switzerland and than take a train to Konstanz, Germany. While I'm there I'll have German Class and part of the program involves the University taking the study abroad students to "see the sights" which include the oldest castle in Germany, a trip to the country of Liechtenstein and Austria! AHH! SO EXCITED!

I have family in Germany, and apparently they are only about 30 minutes away from Universit├Ąt Konstanz, so I am hoping I'll be able to see them; I haven't seen them since I was only a few months old! I'd love to be able to meet them again.

Well time to head back to my lists, then off to the stores to run some errands to purchase things for my trip!

-Sam