On the Plane to Amsterdam!

Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
Trip End Dec 19, 2008

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I am currently sitting in seat 40 C on Northwest flight 38 from Boston to Amsterdam. I can't believe after all the excitement and preparation that went into this trip that I am actually doing this and on my way to the Netherlands. To say this is surreal is an understatement. My trip began at 3:00 pm yesterday when my mom got home from work and we packed up the car to head for Boston. Once in Boston we checked into our hotel and got dinner. Then I left to hang out with my friends one last time before I left. I had so much fun just being with them last night. I was really reminded of how great my friends are and how much I am going to miss them. It was very hard having to say goodbye. I got back to the hotel around 12:30 am and was hoping to get some sleep, which didn't really happen because I was way too excited and nervous about leaving to get any sleep. Instead I just laid in bed and tried not to think too much. I think I finally fell asleep around 3. I woke up this morning at 7 am to get ready and get all my luggage together before having to go to Emerson at 8:30. Once there, I started meeting people and talking about our trip. We then had a meeting to discuss all the important things going on today. However, before the meeting began, the fire alarm started going off. So all of us, along with everyone in the Little Building had to evacuate, me with my huge carry on backpack strapped to my back. We waited outside for like 10 minutes before we could return. So, after the meeting, we had an hour long lecture on Anne Frank. This I could have done without. Not good timing on Emerson's part because I'm pretty sure everyone was either sleeping or way to exciting too pay any attention at all. After our crazy lecture, we had free time during which I bought my last four books, saw Carly and Shana one last time, and got lunch with my mom. Then my mom and I sat on Boston Common to waste our the rest of the time. It was weird to think that a year ago, this place seemed so foreign and new, and now I am perfectly at home there and leaving for an even more foreign place. I enjoyed soaking up my last few minutes of Boston for almost 4 months! Then, it was time to board the buses. I packed my luggage onto the bus, and said goodbye to my mom. I boarded the bus, and before I knew it we were on our way to Logan. The drive to the airport was great because you could sense everyone's excitement. After getting to the airport, we checked in and they weighed our luggage. My bags weighed 46 and 48.5 lbs respectively. So, I came pretty close to meeting that 50 lb weight limit! After getting through security and finding the gate, we had about three hours to kill. Most of the time was spent just hanging out and getting to know people. Everyone I've met has been really friendly and cool, and I'm really excited to be making new friends who I know I will have amazing experiences with. Around 6:30 it was time to board our flight, and as we did so it finally hit me that I will not be back here for four months. When I do get back, I will be a different person with so many more experiences. Its exciting, but also pretty terrifying. So now, here I am, flying somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, listening to my Ipod and waiting for the seatbelt light to go off so I can pee. I absolutely cannot wait to land in the Netherlands and begin this adventure. I feel like everything up until now has been pretend, and I want to see it with my own eyes to know that its actually for real! Anyway, that's all for more; they're serving starting to serve dinner and I really have to pee!!!
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