This was actually written on 1/2/11
My flight takes off from Portland in just over 12 hours. I must admit, I am both excited and a little scared! I've traveled abroad several times before, but this will be the longest that I'll ever have been away from home. Even when I am at Linfield I can easily be home in about 35 minutes. So... 5 months of being in a different country with no one else that I know is a bit daunting. However, I love going on adventures, so I just have to keep my chin up and trek on! This will definitely be a learning experience for me in many ways. Not only will I be learning about the beautiful culture around me in Norway, but I will also learn a lot about myself and how I can handle being completely independent. My parents are very nervous about me leaving but hopefully having a phone that they can easily call me at will help out a lot.
Well, I suppose I should probably finish packing... what an adventure that has been in and of itself! I'll post again once I'm in Norway. Happy New Year, everyone!