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One week out

September 13, 2010

This time next week I will be frantically packing last minute bits and pieces before boarding a plane that will bear me to France. As is the case in any situation where something is coming to an end, the week will inevitably fly by and be over before I know it. Time is a constant, the flow of it however is elastic.

While I’m no stranger to the travelling game, this trip is totally different in that I’ll be settled in a place for more than a few weeks. Additionally, there’s the various tribulations I’ll face with bureaucratic paperwork, finding a place to live and the seemingly-mundane tasks of setting up bank accounts, phones and so on. Not to mention finding that local cafe, bakery and wine shop.

And of course, like anyone on the verge of the next grand adventure, I can’t help but wonder what the next nine months will bring. I try not to have too many expectations because such things influence the kind of experience I’ll take from it. But still, when I think about what I was doing nine months ago, a lot can happen and change in such a relatively short period of time. What will I be like in June? Will I have had some sort of life-changing experience? Doubtfully. I mean, if I haven’t had one before, what makes this so different?

Perhaps the thing I look forward to most is the gaining of hindsight. Looking back on former fears and stresses pales them into trivialities, and makes one wonder what one was even worried about in the first place. So while right now I may be stressing over not be able to find an apartment I can afford or accidentally overstaying my visa, in time, I’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

I hope.

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