Actually, the countdown began probably 11 weeks ago. But now, it is only a week. A week from today I will be on my way to Spain. I'll leave Milwaukee at 12:35pm to Chicago and then leave Chicago at 4:45pm. That layover will probably be the hardest part, fighting the urge to call my parents to come pick me up. Obviously I would be so mad at myself for ever doing that (so I won't), but I sense that may be how I will feel. I should arrive in Madrid at 7:40am their time (meaning 12:40am Wisco time), and will leave from there to Sevilla at 11:50am. Once I arrive at the airport in Sevilla (about an hour later), the plan is to find someone holding a CIEE sign who will direct me to a bus that takes me to the hotel where we will stay for two nights before being handed over to our host families.
For those of you who do not know, I will be studying in Sevilla, Spain for the semester. It is in the southwestern part of Spain, near Portugal and Morocco. I am going through the Madison School of Business which partners with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has many different programs and places where students can travel. One of my roommates has already studied abroad through them which makes me even more secure with this program. My specific program is Sevilla Business and Society. From the United States, there are about 90 students in my program. From UW-Madison, 24.
As of now, I still have a lot of errands to run and a lot of Spanish (grammar especially) to brush up on. My exams went up until the 23rd, then it was Christmas, then the Rose Bowl trip, and then it was two weeks before I left. I've made many lists, but now it's time to actually start the eliminating and packing process. We'll see what makes the cut into the suitcases. Wish me luck!