Finally. This morning, I received an email that school has approved my winter term project. So, while I haven’t yet paid out the $2,500 for airfare, it is only a matter of time: I’m going to the South Pacific!!
Around Christmas Day, I’ll fly to Auckland, New Zealand to see some high school friends who have relocated there. I’ll likely be there for 9 days — including New Years (so my mission to be out of town for NYE is successful for another year) — and then will fly to Melbourne to meet up with my parents. About 6 days later, I fly to Sydney, where I will be living for just under 3 weeks, doing research for a governmental organization revising the country’s copyright laws.
COULD I BE MORE EXCITED? About freedom, long-term travel, exploring — no. About leaving 15-degree Cambridge and landing in 80-degree summer — no. I can’t believe this all came together, but I’ll be abroad and doing something fun and meaningful in a short 46 days.