Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hit Me Back, Just To Chat

Postal Address:

Mark Higgins
301-B Governors Hall
640 Hilltop Circle
Eau Claire, WI
54701-6196
USA

Cell Phone Number:

(715) 864 3807

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I'm Here.

For now, that's all. I'm healthy, happy, and in America.

Proper post coming when I'm actually online.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

All Packed Up, With Somewhere To Go

So. It's come to this.

My case is over in the corner, heavy enough to kill a man, packed and locked up. Save for my MP3 plater and phone chargers, my bag (complete with giant bottle of water) is ready to go. I've even got clean clothes and everything.

My new laptop is loaded, charged and ready to go. I've got my passport, ticket, visa, forms, everything all sorted on the table, ready to pick up and grab. First flight is at 1300. I arrive in Minneapolis at 1755. Eleven hours and two flights will pass between these two times.

I'll see you on the other side.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Two Days To Go

As you can imagine, getting everything sorted is a fraught and amusing process.

- I've said goodbye to pretty much all my friends, which is why I've been so busy jetting around the country. It's been hectic to say the least, but there was no way I could go without seeing them.

- I have a pile of papers on the table that I need to go through/photocopy/take with me. I'm bound to lose something, I just know it.

- Because I'm a sensible lad, and because several people have been getting on my case about it, I'm going to the chiropractor tomorrow in order to work out just what is wrong with my back. Hopefully, he won't crack it about too much. I've probably just got a couple of bones out of place.

- I'm being forced to get a haircut before I go. I hope you're happy now, Jill!

- I need to reconfirm my flight. Hang on a sec.


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Sorted! And I don't have to re-check in my baggage at Reykjavik, which will hopefully give me time to nip outside and take some photos. The landscape around the airport is supposed to be stunning, and I just bought a stupidly awesome camera for my trip, and hopefully a great deal beyond.

- And then there's packing. Oh my, there's packing. I don't even want to touch on that right now.

Other than all that, I'm pretty sorted. And it's finally kicking in that I'm moving for four months to another country. Which may seem like a short time, but I've never lived away from home before. And this is going to be away from home. A small part of me doesn't want to go. Fortunately, that part of me is being crushed by the rest of me that's extremely excited, if a little nervous. I'd say it's all come on too soon, but it really hasn't. I just haven't been paying attention.

Friday, August 19, 2005

This Time Next Week

…I’ll be on my way to America. The enormity of this has not quite sunk in yet, you’ll all be pleased to hear.

As such, this week has entailed me running up and down the length and breadth of this country to say hello and goodbye to a good number of my friends who I won’t see until my return, quite possibly until the New Year. I realise it’s not actually a great deal of time, but I feel the distance and six hour time difference will play a large part in my feeling disconnected. I don’t doubt that at several points, I will feel very homesick. However, I’m always going to have in mine just what a fantastic opportunity this is for me, and I’m going to damn well get the best out of it.

As for preparations, I have to buy a suitcase. That’s fairly urgent. All my papers are in order, but I need to get some American currency to last me until I can find an ATM, or whatever else I need to do. I’m hoping pretty much everywhere will accept Visa, really. Right now, it’s a case of tying up loose ends, and making sure I don’t forget anything. Which I will.

I’ve already forgotten what I was going to post here. Hmm.