Monday, January 31, 2011

Another weekend in Switzerland....

I know I shouldn't be complaining about that because this place is epically beautiful and I do really enjoy it here, but I just want to get out! I want to start seeing other places and experiencing, well, not Geneva.

So what am I doing to remedy this? I'm going to see my friend Meghan in Lille, France! I'm super pumped! I'm going to schedule my Eurail tomorrow and get my tush out of here this weekend!

Anywho...I spent my weekend here again. But honestly, it was one of the better ones.

I know I told you that I was going to Lausanne on Saturday, and I did, but it was short lived. And by short lived I mean that I spent two and a half hours there in the coldest wind, walking up some gianormous hills in a really crabby mood. Crabby mood was a result of waking up late because I thought my train left at 7:30 and not 7:10...what happens at 7:10 a.m.?!?!Wait, I'll tell you...NOTHING.

So instead of staying there, Milo, Taylor, and I left early and went home. When we got back, we, and the others who were still there, made the most delicious breakfast of my life. It consisted of blueberry pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and homemade hash browns. *drool*

Then came an epic nap since I only got about two hours of sleep the night before. Then, we went to the bar. Again. But that's ok because I got to go out with my new friend Olivia. She's a barmaid at Spring Bros. and she's super cute. Kind of love her. Like a lot. We're going to hang out again. Woot!

Now, I told my friend I would give him a shout out....Hello, Elliot Fox!!! You rock my socks!!!! :D

It's he just adorable?!?!! :D

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Well that's weird...

I've been wanting to write this post for a bit of time now. It's the things I find a bit odd about living in a major city and not in little old, Stow.

1) Where the hell is the grass?!

Seriously, there is nothing green around here. And yes, I know it's the dead of winter, I'm not a complete idiot, but there aren't trees or grass or anything. There are a couple of parks but they are small and not nearby. I miss those kinds of things.

Some of my favorite relaxing happens on a blanket or a lo
unge chair on the grass. I like to sit outside and read for school, but I don't think I'll be doing that...that STINKS!

And the trees are funny. Most look like Whomping Willows from Harry Potter, and no, I'm not kidding.
Yes, that's Taylor, lurking once again in the corner of one of my photos.

2) Nothing here tastes the same.

I know that in Europe, they use less preservatives and stuff, but wouldn't that make the things i make taste better? I mean, don't get me wrong, some of it is SUPER delicious, but some of their stuff just doesn't taste the same. Like today I made my taco dip because we're watching movies later and we girls like to gorge ourselves on food and then complain about how fat me are. It just doesn't taste as good. I think it's the mayo and the sour cream. And the taco seasoning is really strong. i don't know...UGH!

Side note: Made some fancy macaroni and cheese last night and it was flipping delicious! Nothing like homemade mac n' cheese made with FRESH cheeses...

3) Sounds are weird too...

I cannot tell you how much I miss the familiarity of the sounds of Ohio. I know that's weird, but it's true.

For example, sirens. Our sirens are that normal "wooo-wooo" sound. Here they are really annoying. I can't describe it for some reason...but you know what I'm talking about. They're in movies when there are cop chases in Europe. I feel like I'm in a movie every time I hear them.

Also, there are no train sounds. I love hearing the train whistles at home. They are soothing because I've always heard them. I don't have that here even though I live down the street from the train station. They are queit trains, which is also weird.

Then there is the annoying bottle rattling at about 2 a.m. every day. I don't know what's going on, but it sound like someone is taking out their recycling or someone is going through it to get bottles for money. I want to thrown something at them every day but since I'm only ever half conscious and cozy in my bed, that has yet to happen. I'm lying in wait Mr. Bottle Man....I'm lying in wait.

Plus it's just loud ALL THE TIME. I can't live in the city when I get older. It's been decided. I like my little suburban life.

The good thing is that the chocolate is delicious! NOM. :D

I know this probably sounded whiney, but it wasn't meant to. Just describing the out of elementness that I'm experiencing.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Good Morning, Geneva!!

It's so foggy! But I could make out some more of the mountains today. :D

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I don't even know...

I'm so lazy!!!!!

All I did today was watch movies. And Skype people, which is awesome. But no work. Again. Haven't done anything productive since flipping Wednesday. WEDNESDAY?!?!?!

Oy... yes, I'm an old Jewish woman.

I've been so tired. I think it's from doing nothing and just eating. Like today when I had a gigantic kebab and then watched The Departed. Which is a really good movie minus the first and last twenty minutes of the film....damn you Scorsese! I don't like his movies. I shouldn't be surprised that the last twenty minutes was a waste of my life.

This have gotten better around here. I talked out the "dramas" of my life and I'm feeling better. I met two Irishmen last night at Spring Bros. and I made a new friend with the barmaid I know that sounds bad, but she's American and she wants to hang with some's hard being not around people you have a common culture with even though she is half Swiss, but that's besides the point..., her name is Olivia. We're gonna hang out soon. :)

The Amsterdam people are returning home tomorrow morning and I'm glad that they are. I've missed all of them!

Tori is leaving tomorrow. I'm going to miss her. Like, a lot. She cracks me up and she definitely makes this house a lot more fun and entertaining. Like today when she and I rocked out to peanut butter jelly time and hot potato...we're awesome. Be jealous.

There really isn't too much going on...I've been too lazy...which is NOT good. *shakes fist at self*

I'm going to find the hostel for Mallorca and start planning my Spring Break adventure! Yay Ireland! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

I love my random adventures!!!

Yesterday was an interesting day. I was so unproductive it wasn't even funny. But hey...I had some fun. So that's all that counts, right? RIGHT?! Ok, good. Glad we're in agreement.

I was planning on going into work at nine yesterday morning. That didn't happen. I haven't been sleeping well this entire week...between loud house mates and feeling sad and missing home, it just wasn't happening. I finally slept Wednesday night though, so
I just emailed work and told them that I was working from home. Beris really shouldn't have told me I could do that if I needed to... And by work from home, I mean I turned on my computer, read one article about Indian cook stoves and then read blogs. Go. Me.

Then Elliot and I went on an adventure! It was sooo much fun!
We walked over to Old Towne to check out the Cathedral that's there. It used to be Catholic then the Reformation happened and they were all like, "No, no, silly Catholics! We don't like you! You can't stay here you ninnies!" So they took out all the awesome decor of the interior of the church. It's still for real beautiful in there. It's actually really cool to look at the walls, because on the stone you can see the scratching that was done to remove all of the whateveritwasthatwasonthewalls to make it simple.

I was blown away, yet again, by the beauty of this Cathedral. I love how big and airy it is. I may go to church h
ere one Sunday, just to say that I did. Don't worry, Mom, there is a Catholic church right
up the street that I'm going to go to this weekend. Don't you worry...

Elliot, being the awesome fellow that he is, found the tower entrance. And so the adventure continued...

We payed, and by that I mean Elliot paid yay me for not having ANY cash on me..this comes up again later..., and began out trek up the narrowest stairs I've ever climbed in my life. When we reached the top of the stairs, we looked around and we like, "Really? Is this worth four francs?! I don't think so...Oh look, more stairs!" So we kept walking up MORE narrow steps. It was SO BEAUTIFUL. Actually, I don't think that beautiful fully describes what it looks like. Look, here's a picture!

I don't think that was not good enough. You want another? Ok, you're gonna be jealous. Just sayin'.

Told ya. :D

So after that awesomely cold, windy excursion we popped into a creperie. NOM. And because I'm such a tourist I took a picture of my food...

So remember how I had no cash? Well, Elliot didn't either after the Tower bizniz. The door said that the stupid place took credit cards. So, I went to pay with my handy-dandy credit card, but it wouldn't work. Which freaked me out a bit. So Elliot gave them his. Didn't work. So I gave them my other one. Didn't work.



Couldn't be us if THREE cards wouldn't work. So Elliot went to the closest ATM for some cash. And by closest I mean a ten minutes walk and yes I measure distance in minutes...I'm from Akron, yo from where we were.

Still fun? I think so. :D

Made some yummy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans last night for dinner. OMG it was soooo good! I haven't had such a good meal in a few weeks. Probably the lasagna I made. But in reality it was the roast my momma made me before I left. :) Nothing beats dinner cooked by your mom.

Today I went on a walk in the most frigid weather we've experienced here. SO. COLD. But I got a really pretty black lace dress and another more casual dress to wear with leggings. WOOT!

Also. Scheduled a trip to Mallorca, Spain for the first weekend in April. Sooo sooo excited for some beach time. Plus it was great. Switzerland decided to love me today and send me my Stay Permit AND my Eurail pass. *does happy dance*

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I see you!

Not really. But wouldn't that just be suuuper creepy if I could?? It would be like Big Brother only Eerie Ellen. Maybe? Probably not.

So I want to tell you about my job here in beautiful Geneva.

I'm working at World Vision International, which is a non-governmental organization that has offices world wide. I just happen to be at the one here. So there :P

The organization is actually pretty cool. They are a really diverse group that touches on all of the major and many minor aspects of poverty. Their main focus is on children and their betterment, but they also work to help men and women of all ages to have a better and easier life in developing countries around the world.

Like I said before, I'm working with Beris and Laura. This week they are both gone. Which is a little funny since Laura was supposed to be my backup supervisor this week while Beris is gone. But nooooooo.....she has to go to Tanzania like a lucky little girl. Although Tanzania? Not sooo great. They be supah poor there. So I guess it's a good thing. Whatevs.

With them gone I'm on my own. So Laura is having me work on research for a paper on Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) and pneumonia caused by i
ndoor pollution. Snooze fest??

Surprisingly, no.

It's shocking!

I read for about 4 hours. It was intense. But awesome at the same time. I get to do the same tomorrow. I know, you should be totally jealous. I don't recommend reading about micro bacteria and fungi while eating a banana though. Eww....

This is one of the views from my office though. I about die every time I look out the window.

And this is what my office looks like. That little white desk to the right bottom corner is where I'll be sitting next week when Laura returns. Until then...her desk is mine! Muahahah!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Workin' at the car wash!!!

Ok, first of all, why do I have the most random blog titles? For real. I don't know where they come from, and yes, I know that many have been phrases from songs lately, but come on. I know my mind is random, but why "Workin' at the car wash??" That's a terrible one, but I just can't bring myself to change it. So hopefully it brought some confused laughter to your life just as it has for me. :)

So I'm sitting at work.

I'm soooo productive....and by productive I mean that I've basically been falling asleep all morning and no amount of caffeinated beverage is helping this situation...Not. Good.

I'm basically here on my own. There are a few others but I think they've all left. Except for Gladys. She's the receptionist. I think she's always here. She does run the place after all. Go, Gladys! Go, Gladys!!

So my production level is quite low this morning. I feel very important right now because I'm typing so maybe everyone that can hear me actually thinks that I'm doing something that counts for work today. I mean, I did read some book-like things for about three hours. So it was dead silent. Which I hate. I don't know how these people work is such silence. I need sound, yo. Yay for iTunes!

I'm very frustrated with the internet this morning because I couldn't get it to work. Wanna know what I did to make it work?? I know you are just dying to know!!!!

I turned it off and then started it again. And no, I did not think of that on my own. One of the girls I work with told me about that. I feel dumb.

But then I couldn't (and still can't) get my email to open for my Kent email. It sucks because the project one of my supervisors wanted me to start today is located in my email inbox. I'm a little bit ridiculous...

SOooooo looking forward to a nap!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What the heck, Geneva?!

Ok, this weekend...never again. I didn't like it. That's all I'm really going to say. I hope that the rest of the weekends are better. Like next weekend when Alexis and I go to Bern and Zurich. Wooo!!! :)

Anyway, two people got pick-pocketed last night at the bar. How much does that suck?! Hannah lost 200 francs and Taylor had his wallet stolen. I feel horrible for them. That's why I keep my money in my handy-dandy storage called my bra. Gooooooooooo me!

This week, I think that life here will actually get going. I'll be going to work on a regular basis and I'll start traveling. I can't wait. It needs to start. UGHHH!!!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A beautiful day in the neighborhood..., not Mr. Roger's neighborhood. That guy was just creepy in his sweater vests. I don't know why my mom ever let me watch that show...

I woke up later than I wanted to today, but the reason was that it took forever to fall asleep. Why did I take a two hour nap after baking?!?! Ahhhh!!!!

I made some chocolate chip cookies last night. They were delicious. Though I was a tad disappointed with how they turned out because they weren't the same as back home. But everyone loved them. I know that not just from people saying they were yummy but by the fact that they were gone in less than three hours. I think I made five dozen.

Anyway, back to today. I think Anya's ADD is wearing off on me...or have I always been this scatter brained? Probably the latter.

I woke up and it was just glorious outside. I got dressed and grabbed my books. I went down to the river and read for about fifteen minutes before I got to chilled from the wind when in reality I just didn't want to read and I wanted to wander the city. So I did. :)

I liked just walking. Our group has kind of stayed to the area around our dorm and Old Towne. So I went the opposite direction. I think it was the 'ritzy' part of town. I passed a Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Hugo Boss, and many others. I was like, "Uhhmmmmmm, Swiss people, please don't judge me for my jeans and black jacket over a t-shirt with Gaelic profanity..."

The city is beautiful though. I love it here! As I wandered I just soaked in the beauty of it all. The buildings are huge and have the "European" feeling. Do you think it's because I'm IN Europe? *gasp*

I went into a couple of shops too. One was a bookstore. I know you're shocked that I went into a bookstore... This woman that works there came up to me and said something in French. Hell if I know what she said. She said it while smiling and pointed around the store. I just smiled and nodded back. Damn you language barrier and my laziness not to learn another laguage!!!! Though honestly, I would only learn so much here in elementary french I so what's the point, right?! Though emmersion would rock...CRAP. I also went into this jewlery sho that looked like it would be kind of funky and not too expensive. Well, I was WRONG. I picked up this really cool ring but it cost one hundred francs. ONE HUNDRED FRANCS?!!?! are you kidding me?!

I also found this really cool prouce market that I had heard about. It's just an open air thing. I wanted to buy some veggies but all the vendors were just setting up so I thought, "I'll be back!" But I didn't...Why am I sooo lazy?? I'm actually blaming this one on my sore ankle. I think that's a waaayyyyy better excuse.

After that little adventure of awesome I went back toward the river and ended up by the massive fountain that shoots water into the air. It's a major landmark of the city and it's soooo cool. I also sat by Lake Geneva, which isn't it's real name because the French own half the lake and don't like the Genevians (again, Genevites? Genovians?-that's Princess Diaries, right??) taking all the credit. Silly, cranky French.

The only thing not cool today was that I left my camera on my desk. Ughh...There were some awesome picture opportunities. I'm mad at myself.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I smell like fried chicken

I just spent like two and half hours in the kitchen baking cookies because we only have one cookie sheet... I'm so tired!!! Oh, and I smell like fried chicken because Dan was in there frying chicken. Get it? Got it? Good.
Today was a lot of fun. It's really weird not having classes on Fridays because I have ALWAYS had classes on Fridays. I love not having to deal with class and work everyday. I'm gonna be soooo spoiled by the time I get home in May.
Yesterday was awesome too. I went to my internship and met with my supervisor, Beris. and you have to say her name in a deep tone. none of this regular voice crap. it's only ok to say it in a deep tone of voice. She is an awesome Australian woman that looks like a flipping line backer. She's super tall and has broad shoulders. My God I hope she never reads this...I really like her... I'll be working with Beris and with Laura on two different projects. With Beris I'll be looking into the accountability and transparency of the World Vision International offices throughtout the world and with Laura I'll be doing something with the environment. She's letting me pick from this list of goals she has, I think I'm going to calculate the carbon footprint of World Vision-Geneva. That just sounds awesome. Then I can be all like, "You suck World Vision- Geneva! Stop putting that crap in the air. Jerks." And by saying that I really mean I'll say, "Um, it looks like there could be some improvements. Uhhh but you don't have to I guess...."

Last night was supah fun. We went to Pickwick's, which is an American bar. We're sooo expanding our horizon's here...Then we went to go to Shaker's, which is a club near our dorm, but somehow Taylor, Terrence, Dan, and I just did not notice people leaving and seeing as we had no idea where in the heck we were going, we stayed there and talked to some awesome Genevians (Genevites?). They asked us how we liked Geneva and when we said we loved it and that it was beautiful, the girl, Helena, said "Really? I think it's crap." hahahaha! Iguess it's true for anywhere you come never like it as much as some place else. Though, I do miss Stow right about now...but not Kent.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ignore the totaly grossness that is my leg, but I just wanted to show you a couple of the awesome bruises that I've gotten on this trip. As of today, I have more than twenty on my legs alone. Go me. :)

Atleast they're smiling at me.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

...Put the chevy to the levy, but they levy was dry. And good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye, singin' this'll be the day that I die.

What and AWESOME song. I don't know what it popped in my head, it just did. And I'm ok with that.

Right now I'm sitting in my bed in Geneva, WIDE AWAKE. I hate that. My three roomies are dead asleep. Anya is up in her bed snoring away and talking about something that someone is giving her in her dream. I gotta remember to ask her what it is that she was dreaming about...I probably won't, which will suck...damn you, you incompetent memory!!!

Today kind of sucked. Not gonna lie. I was alone for the most part in the beginning. Everyone has classes all day on Tuesdays and I do not. I got up late and then I just kinda lolled around. Not. A. Fan. Plus it didn't help that I had a load of dung on my brain that was just not cool.

I hate missing everyone and everything. It makes my life not fun and ya know what?! My life should be nothing short of fun. I'm in flipping Europe. So you know what I did?! I went to H&M and bought some clothes. at an American store. I'm so broadening my horizons here...NOT.

Anyway, I thought that since I can't sleep at all and I've been trying to for over and hour and I've read and done deep breathing to try and coax myself into unconciousness and nothing has worked, that I would actually write for my 30 Days of Truth. I know you're shocked. It's like I forgot about it or something...ha...ha...ha...why would I ever do that? You must be crazy...

Something or someone you could live without

So. Something or someone....hmmmm....well, I would think I would have to pick sadness. I hate being sad and I've done enough of that crap this past year. I would like to kick sadness in the ass and tell it to get crack-a-lackin' out of my life.

I mean, who likes to be sad except masocistic people?! I have noooo room to talk,although I've been really really really good lately. You should be TOTALLY proud of me :D just sayin'... But for real. Being sad blows more than losing your finger to a table saw. It's stupid, unnecessary, and painful. Especially since it usually happens in an unexpected way... I mean, who EXPECTS to saw off their finger? I mean really. And it's hard to get over being sad. I know it took me a long time and some days I still need to smack myself really hard in the face and yes I do mean literally smack myself in the face... to snap myself back to reality and stop myself from doing something stupid. Like being a facebook stalker. Go. Me. I rock. NOT.

I know I didn't do a resolution post like most bloggers. I think it's because I don't know if I have ever actually kept a resolution. Plus they're usually something stupid like, "Oh, this year I'm going to stop being a porker and actually take care of myself and lose weight." Guess who alway loses that one? Omg, you're right! It's me!!!

This year is different though. I'm not making a resolution so much as a goal. I know, I know, they're practically the same thing. But I don't want to make this goal just for 2011. I want to make it for my life. I want to make it a goal to continue to be happy. I've worked my little butt and I mean literally, I basically have no ass left off this year to be a better and happier person. I like who I've become. I've come into my own and I've gotten rid of the sad for the most part and I like that. I think that 2011 is the beginning of something that could be great and I'm looking forward to what is going to happen. Not only on this little trip of mine, but for the rest of my life. I think it could be something great.

Sorry for the blah...

I never thought that Geneva would bring so much of the same old. I thought it would be completely different from my life back in the States. In a way it is different, but it's also the same. The people around me are different but the crap that goes on isn't.

I know this trip is going to be just fantastic, but I wish that I could just keep everything straight. I'm missing home and my friends. Especially Denise...I need her. She would know what to tell me. Plus she would give me one of her mondo awesome hugs with a back rub. Oh, how I miss those...

The jet lag has worn off and I feel like my routine is starting a little since classes started and I'm meeting with my internship advisor on Thursday, but I miss everything. I miss the familiarity. I miss home, and my mom, and my bed.

Like I said before, the people on this trip are great people, but I just don't have the same bond with them yet because it's only been a week (it feels longer...). Hopefully this all will pass.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What a Week

Since Wednesday life here in Switzerland has been a blur.
Thursday was honestly boring as all get out. All we did was listen to people talk. It didn't help my sleepiness factor. It fact, I'm falling asleep thinking about it...zzzzzzz

Friday was kick. ass. We went to Lausanne, which is the international capital for the Olympics. It was just soooo sooo cool! I was bummed because they only gave us like 45 minutes in there to walk around and see everything. I think there were four floors...I only got halfway through the second. Damnit.
We also we NOT allowed to take pictures inside of the museum, which was totally lame! There was all of this interactive stuff and a ton of things from the ancient Olympics of Greece. I did take some great photos outside of the museum though.

I know it's hard to see but there is a bar that is the height of the world record high jump. Let's just say it was taller than the tallest guy on out trip...he's 6'5".

Yes these are abs, and yes when I saw them I said, "Daaaaammmmnnn." lol! They move too to make different shapes of awesome.

After the shortest museum visit of my life we went to this huge tower. And yes we climbed all of the steps. It was sooo beautiful.

I was soooooo out of breath after walking up these stairs. It was also hilarious that while walking up the steps, Milo looked at me and said, "Ellen, these steps are slippery. Hold on to the railing so you don't fall and hurt yourself again." -Glad that my clumsiness has made it's mark. :D

I got sooo many pictures. I like this one of me!

After the Tower, it was lunch time! Yay fondue! It was delicious. We literally just ate bread and cheese. And you know that I can't go anywhere without spilling something, so I spilled my tea all over my plate of bread. Don't ever eat bread soaked tea. You'll want to puke. Trust me. Don't do it.

Near the fondue place was a magnificent cathedral. It just took my breath away. I walked in and just stared. Then I took a bazillion photos. And yes I had to take them in black and white. It was an old church. It needed to be done.

Then we went to the castle. Yes. A castle. It was flipping awesome. I couldn't believe that I was in a castle. A CASTLE. I'm sorry I keep saying that. I'm redundant. BUT A CASTLE?!

Ok, I'm done saying that now....I promise. No I don't. Ahhhh.... This trip is just too much. Lol! But without any further ado...this is the Chateau de Chillon. Oh! And there is this old dude named Oliver that lives there. Wouldn't it be the coolest thing to say, "Yeah, I live in a castle. Whatevs."

I bonded with some of the girls on Friday night, which was just so much fun. We laughed and we cried. We talked about our ex's and how crappy they are. I just feel so close to these people already and I love it. Especially Adrianne and Alyssa. We're going to be travel buddies when we get out Eurail passes, which will just be soooo awesome! And it works because we seem to want to go to the same places. Wooottt!!

Yesterday night was CA-RAZY. We went to Spring Brother's, which is an Irish pub over in Old Towne that we all went to on Thursday night. It was so much fun. We were talking to locals and drinking and talking. I don't want to think about all the stuff I heard that went down though. All I know is that it was weird and that it was hilarious. This is going to be an interesting semester to say the least.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Glittery lights outside my window!

Geneva is seriously the most beautiful city I've ever been in. I've been to many different cities across the United States, but it just cannot compare to Europe. Especially since it isn't a billion years old with a ton of cranky foreigners yelling French at me.

Today out little family went on a walking tour of Old Towne, which I explored a bit with Paul yeserday. The history of it is really cool and the buildings are for realz spectacular. Like holy crap! spectacular. I was just snapping photos. Like this one!!

And this one!

Plus, look at this church. I mean, gorgeous.

We also went grocery shopping today. That was an experience. The stupid store had like no order and I wanted to scream at the ninnys who set it up. So after walking the store about five or six times I decided I had everything. It was difficult though, to say the least. Everything was i French. I mean, I know I'm in a French speaking country, but come on. People speak English here too, right? haha...

It was a stressful day. Lots and lots of walking and freezing my non-existant tush off. I needed chocolate and a beer. Both of which a got, so huzzah!

And I got to talk to my mom so that was good since I hadn't spoken to her since I left. I miss that lady.

All in all, good day numero 2. Just long and tiring. Looking forward to my cozy bed with the three pillows I took. :) hehe...I'm awesome like that. Girls gotta have something to cuddle with, right?

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's here! It's here!

I've been wanting to write for DAYS but I've been so flipping busy preparing for my trip that I just couldn't and I'm sorry. But...drumrool's here! And I cannot believe it. This past week felt like forever and yet extremely fast at the same time. My days were filled with so much organizing and packing and I just didn't know what to do with all of it that I stated hyperventilating like six different times. *breathe!*

Seriously though, I just don't know what to do with myself. I'm currently sitting in this group room in Newark, New Jersey and I feel like the airport has decided that we Kent students are icky and need to be sequestered so as to not bother the normal people. But hey, we're cool. And we don't bite....much. ;)

The flight from Cleveland was pretty good. However, the airport itself was-i guess the word would be- oy. Yes, oy sounds good. I got to the airport a little late so that was stressing me out on top of the pure exhaustion that I was experiencing. Then I sat at the airport cafe with my mom and brother. Which was weird because the brother was being grumpy and my mom was quiet in anticipation of my departure ( I think ). It was weird leaving...

So after a tearful good-bye, I got in line for security with my monumental amount of crap that are my carry-ons. I had three, yes three, of those gray bins PLUS my rolley bag. Too much stuff! But I did have only one checked bag so that was an accomplishment. :) I got throug security with no problem until I had to go through AGAIN. Apparently carrying water in a waterbottle is a no-no. My bad...

So after being escorted out of the security area so I could dump said bottle of water I had to go through security again. BAHHH! I was annoyed and the woman checking my ticket for the second time commented on my annoyed face. Guess what lady, you'd be pissed too if this were you so look away from my face so I don't punch you in the nose. Thank you.

The flight was good though. Not too bumpy and I actually had a good seat. I got to see downtown Cleveland AND Manhattan. It was cool! I got some pictures out of my window, I'll post them later.

Talk to you when I'm in Geneva!