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Europe Looms

Counting down to the big trip! I have a blue folder full of every possible travel document I could ever want. Invitations, directions, maps, phone numbers, flight information, hostel information, train ticket, train schedule, other train schedule, other other train schedule.

And, of course, the paper I'll be giving. Can't forget that!

The nice thing about taking the week to prepare is that I can think of things gradually and not panic about doing them/obtaining them. Oops, shower flip-flops! No sweat*, I'll just make another CVS run for a cheap pair. That sort of thing. I've got laundry cooking, so I can pack at a nice leisurely pace tomorrow, do a houseclean so the place will be nice when I get home, and clear out the back "porch."** I fly out on Alitalia Friday at 3:30, and then the magic of the Copacetic Travel Bubble begins. Whatever happens, happens. I'm as prepared as I'll ever be.

This is going to be awesome.

* Other than the general sweat of it being 93 degrees.
** It's a little enclosed fourth-floor storage shed not worthy of the title "porch."


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Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
It will be awesome!

And I love coming back to a clean place.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
I picked up the habit of cleaning before I went on a trip from Aunt Pony. She describes it as cleaning so that the place will be "welcoming" when you return. I like that!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about taking the week to prepare is that I can think of things gradually and not panic about doing them/obtaining them Yeah, that's best practice, if there ever was one.

It's gonna be such a great trip! I can't wait for your pics, of Italy, particualrly! (been in London two years ago last time but it's been some time since I was back in Italy...) And I sincerely wish you a safe and delay-free trip...although you might have some trouble if you're crossing French airspace...

And for no reaason wthasoever, a couple days ago I remembered that icon of yours and wondered where it had been, LOLOLOL!!!!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oops. Just saw you're flying Alitalia.... Direct Chicago Rome? Hopefully you'll be saved the French air controller strike...Good luck with flight connections, anyway.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yup, direct Chicago to Rome. Seemed like the best way to do it, and then I have a nine-hour layover before the train to Ravenna, so what better to do than go look at the sights?

I'm flying from Bologna to London on Thursday. I hope that the French airspace is good with that.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Have fun, good luck and have more fun! It'll be great.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to it. Almost all packed and everything!
Jul. 25th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
You should be well underway now. Hope all is going well.
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