Bringing the learning home (Australian Learning & Teaching Council)

Preparing for Predeparture

It finally arrived

My passport arrived yesterday. Now all I’m waiting on is the German acceptance package so I can apply for a VISA. And accommodation. And then I have to do so much else, like booking flights. So one could say that this photo sums it up. A huge mess.

It also shows that I’ve got a lot of crap on my desk. I have a lot of stuff in general which I just won’t be able to pack. Like my 20+ band shirts or my 10+ pairs of shoes. I’ll definitely have to take Dog. Dog is my toy dog that my aunt gave me when I was a baby. He’s named after Dog in Footrot Flats.

I’m not sure what else to write about. Except that I’m doing this post to avoid a little bit of study before I go to work.

Like my friend Renee said, exchange is an awesome procrastination tool.


2 responses

  1. tonialeannegray

    Hi Emma — you certainly have encapsulated the “madness” associated with just getting out the door for a study abroad experience. And more importantly, the kaleidoscope of emotions ranging from “chaos” to “nostalgia and what to pack” — definitely DOG should occupy a special spot in your dorm room — loved Footrot Flats so that will be a special connection back to Oz.

    Juggling study and travel when you eventually do get to Germany will be an additional dilemma … so many places to see, weighed up against the desire to cram so much into such a tight period of time…. not an easy choice.

    best wishes Tonia

    November 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

  2. Emma

    That’s another funny thing – Footrot Flats is written by an Australian cartoonist but its based in New Zealand. Sort of ties with the cross-cultural theme of exchange.

    Also, as much as I want to take Dog, I think “what if I lose him?” and “what if custom’s thinks he’s a drug mule?”

    So much worry. I’m sure he’ll be fine in my carry on. He can guard my passport.

    November 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

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