Pre-Departure: J-Term 2017 Part 1

In 36 hours, I’ll probably be somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday, I’m leaving for a January Term trip to Germany and the UK with a group of about 25 people from my college. Even though we all go to the same school of about 2,200 students, most are people I’ve never met until we had a meeting in December. I’m not too worried though, as it was a similar situation last January for Cuba and things were just fine. The course will focus on models of sustainability throughout Germany and England. I’m a tiny bit nervous but really excited to go to Europe for the first time!

We’ll be staying in hotels and hostels in two cities in Germany and five cities in England over the course of three weeks. I’ll be living out of a suitcase for three weeks, something I’ve never done before. Last J-Term when I went to Cuba, I stayed with a host family the entire trip and was able to unpack and spread out in a room with one roommate. This time, with all of the traveling around we’ll be doing and since we’re staying in lots of hostels, it’ll be harder to settle in. I’m excited that I’ll be able to see so many places, but part of me wishes we would have more time in cities like Berlin and London. Instead, I’ll just have an excuse to go back another time 🙂

I’ve been packing little by little over the past few days, and now my bag is all packed! I just need to get a few more necessities for my carry-on. I made a few playlists, have a new book, and some snacks all ready to go! I got packing cubes for Christmas that I am using in my checked bag in hopes of keeping everything organized since I’ll never really be able to unpack. I probably packed more than I need, but I’ve never had to pack for cold weather before. You wouldn’t think it would be a challenge to pack for cold weather, seeing as I live in cold weather, but it seems like there’s something different about traveling to somewhere cold. I’ve also heard it’s a different kind of cold, and more wet in Germany and the UK! Fingers crossed that I packed the right things.

I will try to post a few times over the next three weeks, but I’m not going to make any promises. Between the travel, sightseeing, organized activities, and homework, I’m not sure if I’ll get around to updating the blog. I’ll be sure to do a wrap-up post with lots of pictures when I am back in the states. Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@live.life.inspired) for (hopefully) more regular updates! I’ll try to post a few times in each city 🙂

If you’ve been to Berlin or London, what is one must-see? I don’t think I’ll have much free time, but would like to hit a few of the major sites! Do you have any tips for long flights?

~E

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