Yesterday was the first day that it has all become real to me. Everything leading up to it seemed as if I was just jumping through hoops in order to get this “study abroad” thing going. The actual act of purchasing tickets has now made this entire situation so much more real. I am leaving the US and I’m not coming back until May. It’s a surreal thought. There is still a lot of paperwork to be done, and a visa to be had, but having tickets and an itinerary has really solidified this whole experience.