…I will be going to Sydney.
Recently I’ve been coping with this fact – trying to break it down into its components: I see myself getting on and off planes at strange hours of the day, being hungry and sleepy and maybe a bit confused. I arrive at the Sydney airport with maybe a bit too much luggage, where I meet the designated “greeter” sent over from USyd. And then my daydream hits the the proverbial wall. I don’t know where I’m going to live while I look for a “permanent” apartment…I don’t know who I’m going to meet or what I’m going to do those first few weeks. I’m nervous, I’m excited…but mostly I’m just not ready.
I still have some CAF (Course Approval Form) stuff to get signed. Today I found out from the very unpleasant British man in the OIE office that color copies of my passport photo do not suffice as “color copies of a passport-sized photos.” Why not? Well, I just don’t know but I plan on straightening it out tomorrow so I can sign up for the special $22 insurance that provides repatriation of remains as its most distinguished service. There are other important things that I need to do before I run out of time but I won’t bore you with the details of my pre-departure checklist.
For now you should know Eliza and I are, appropriately, in the middle of watching Finding Nemo. Hey – did you know the voice of Nemo is Shane Botwin from Weeds? I didn’t.