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Hey guys. It’s been a while.

 

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season. Winter break for me this year was very strange. I felt as if I was in a liminal space, in between one stage of my life and the next; the calm before the storm. Almost all of break was spent me enjoying time during the holidays with my family and preparing to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life so far. After a year of applications, interviews, acceptance letters, paperwork, visa processes, meetings and a comprehensive week of packing, I am finally on my way to go to London for my second foreign exchange program. Tomorrow I will board a plane at 1:10 in the afternoon and 16 hours later I will arrive on the other side of the world. I have heard that one of the quickest ways to get to England from the US west coast is to go through the cold north. Perhaps I will be able to see the northern lights from my small airplane window seat. I really hope I can. I have always wanted to see them.

                Tonight was my official last night in the states. I bade good-bye to my sister and grandparents in North Bend and headed up to Portland. Upon arriving, we quickly checked into the hotel and went straight to a restaurant called The Farm Café that we had made reservations at. There we were joined by a group of some of my close friends. It was a lovely evening filled with amazing food, laughter and wonderful company.

039.JPGTwo of my friends had already been on the London program and had some great tips about certain pubs, restaurants and theatres to go to. By the time the evening was over, I felt that I had had the perfect send off. Now for a good night’s rest for the long day tomorrow.

 

You’ll hear from me soon (from across the pond),

 

Take care,

-Jon

 

Song of the week: one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2pH0w-viDs

 

 

9 January 2010