Just under two weeks before leaving for my semester abroad, my beloved camera has broken.
After spending some time outside with my dog, Stella, the small screen of my DSLR began to display an error code that baffled even the most qualified and experienced of Canon customer service reps.
Now tightly swaddled in bubble wrap and stuffed into a sturdy cardboard box, my camera is headed for the nearest Canon store, while I wait at my front door, praying that it shows up before I have to leave.
Luckily, the people closest to me understand how important it is for me to have a camera in my hands, so I have several offers for semester-long camera leases, because my family and friends are the absolute best and I have done nothing to deserve them.
But anyways, at least I got these cute shots, right?
With just under two weeks remaining until I jet off to France, I am eager for my study abroad program to begin.
Because I sub-let my apartment to a friend for the semester, I am living at home again, where I often have to explain myself to others (I usually start by promising that I didn't drop out of school), and make a real effort to not strangle my younger brother.
Luckily, living less than an hour away from where I go to school means that I have the chance to go back and fourth for work and to see my friends, which has helped me to maintain at least a morsel of my sanity.
As I attempt to pack my bags, which I always end up doing too early, leaving myself with very few articles of clothing to work with, I have come to realize that it takes endless planning to move abroad for three months. Not only do I have to plan for the current weather in Paris, but I also have to plan for multiple seasons and excursions (especially for my trip to Morocco-- if you have tips on the appropriate attire for riding camels, please don't hesitate to let me know).
It's also difficult knowing that, as I pack, weight limits (and basic human rights laws, I suppose) render it impossible for me to pack my friends, boyfriend, sister and dog into my suitcase to take them along with me.
Through the seven revisions my packing checklist has undergone, my camera has made the cut every time, which is lucky, since I will be acting as a social media intern with the Iowa State Study Abroad Center and as a video blogger for International Studies Abroad.
So, please, follow me around as I begin my time in Europe! I encourage you to live vicariously through me (yes, I'm looking at you, mom).