And the countdown begins...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Well just a little less than a month now before I ship out!  I've moved back home to save some money and to spend some time with the family before I leave.  I will spend the end of this week training my replacement and then have until Thursday of next week to straighten out my things before I'm done with work.

I think the stress and the nerves should start setting in very soon. Luckily that hasn't happened yet.  I've already triple checked that I do not need a visa to stay in Ireland (though I do have to register with the police) and my housing is almost completely sorted.  The process of getting my loans is a bit more difficult since the money is going overseas and for some reason the school doesn't seem that eager to bill me up front for school.  I also need to double check that I'm covered by my insurance abroad. 

Most of the University starts classes on September 12th but my program starts on the 5th which is also the same day housing opens.  I'm praying that they might let me move in a day early since starting classes and moving are two things I never want to do at the same time.

I think it's time to sit down and start making lists of what I want (and can feasibly) bring.  I did a great job packing and surviving in Russia but this is going to be a very different experience and I have a feeling I will end up wanting to bring much more than I should... we'll see.

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