Thursday, February 28, 2008

just arrived

Okay, that's a lie. I got here at 9:30pm. About 26 hours after leaving.

Flight out from Montreal was 4 hours late, missed my connection in London. Lost luggage when I got to Rome... Then Gianluca, his friend and I lost the car in the lot, then took a wrong turn and ended up back at the airport, and then the drive which takes 2.5 hours took us 4.5.

I'm exhausted, fighting a cold and am wearing shorts. Therefore, dear readers, I'll elaborate later.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

rushing to the finish line

There is so much to do before I leave.

I have to let my bank know that I'm leaving, and arrange some kind of international money transfer setup. There is also the question of my credit cards. It's really stressing me out. I wish I could somehow win 2 grand and get it before I go, just so I can pay them off. It's nice to dream.

I've canceled my internet access and everything else, lowering my stress level by 2%.

Even though most of my possessions are in storage, I have quite a few things to pack up: my television, DVD player, video game consoles, papasan chair and pouf, bookshelves plus the books contained therein, my DVD collection, night table, dozens of handbags, shoes and the winter clothes I won't be taking with me.

I'll be giving my DVDs either to Kathryn or my mother for safekeeping. As for my books, I'll be making a list for Kathryn to see if she would like to borrow any of them.

Every day + night I'm seeing different friends/family which is quickly becoming exhausting. This Friday I'm leaving right after class for New York, to see friends followed by a hasty retreat back across the border to see my mom, step-dad and brother. Next week is busy as hell, and it's weekend will be even busier. I'm having a going away shindig, and it's created quite a stir.

Drama-wise I mean. Some people whom I thought were my friends turn out to be something else, let me tell you. Anyways, best weed them out now before I waste keyboard time writing them emails. Also makes for a less crowded party.

It's 13 days until I go, the weak-in-the-knees sensation hasn't gone away. It's a very surreal feeling, whenever I walk around town and realize I'll be missing spring, summer... I'll miss home. But I hope to make a new one somewhere else.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

this is really happening

I paid for and picked up my ticket on Thursday. One way to Italy leaving on February 26th. There's no turning back now.

It hasn't really hit me yet that I'm really going through with all this, that I'm finally getting going. I'm thrilled, excited and scared. I get this weird floppy knees thing whenever I think about leaving. Kind of like when I standing on a ladder and it's not too steady.

I spoke to Kathryn about it, and she feels the same way. She still doesn't think of it as me leaving. I'm going to miss her the most.

I finally got to see her today. Between our schedules, her being sick and then me being sick, it's been hard trying to get together, if even for a coffee. We went to dim sum and, as per usual, over-ordered on shrimps and pork dishes. We didn't even order the super extra oily Chinese broccoli that sometimes rushes by us on the carts. Since last week was Chinese New Years, there were still a few mini parades going on in Chinatown. We were lucky enough to have a table by the window which allowed us to watch while we ate. Although we weren't in an advantageous position cart-wise: they rarely came to our corner, so we had to harass our waitress to get us the goods.

After dim sum, we bought some bubble tea and dragon beard candy and went for a walk in the Old Port. On Sundays not much is open, but it's warm-ish outside (-3 Celsius) and kind of sunny so it was quite enjoyable.

I'm seeing her again either on Tuesday or Thursday, when we'll try to go see the Viva Cuba exhibit at the MMFA. Apart from that, my weekend was basically trying to recover from a bad cold. It took me four days but I got it out of my system.

Apparently its 15 degrees in Florence. I have to find my shorts!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

the wheels are in mid-roll

Well, I've almost reached my goal.

I'm flying to Florence on February 26th. I'll be staying until I find a job in Asia which is something that is almost settled.

I've sent out mass mailings of my CV and picture, and got back a couple of dozen responses. Added to that, I've got my dad asking around for me to his buddies from Hong Kong.

The next phase of the plan is that after a year or two teaching, I hope to have saved up enough money to go to Japan and study Japanese. I've asked around to friends who work in Japanese Universities, and it's possible to get a student visa AND a part-time working visa for teachers with 2+ yrs of experience. Which is what I would have at that point. Fingers crossed!!!!

Apart from that, it's been business as usual. Listening to too much M-Flo and Dragon Ash, going out 3-4 times a week, sorta working under the table in an attempt to get as much money in my pocket before going to Italy and...I got a new laptop!

Yes! After 3 years with my crappy hand-me-down laptop that dad gave me (and which just recently celebrated its 13th year in existence) he and my mother combined my birthday and christmas gifts together and got me the new acer travelmate 5720 that has a FINGERPRINT SCANNER!

DUDES! I have to scan my finger to turn it on! I scan my finger to sign into my email! IT'S AWESOME. Yes, I am a huge geek. BUT! It has worldwide wifi compatibility and a webcam+mic embedded in the screen! So I'll be able to keep in touch with everyone in a realtime way.

Only a few weeks left!