As of March 1st 2011 I officially have 2 days left until my departure. The past couple of weeks have been great. No work, preparations, hanging out with friends and family, and just relaxing when I wanted to. Now it’s crunch time and honesty I don’t have too much crunching to do. Although I don’t think I planned my preparations perfectly it did run smoother than I thought. Yesterday was probably the most stress I felt out of the whole month. I shipped my box of summer clothes and other personal items to my school in Japan.
One thing to keep in mind when shipping a box. Weight is what matters! I felt like I re-packed my box about 5 times because I kept taking things out and putting it back in to make sure I wasn’t over-packing. The more it weighs the more you have to pay. At first I went to the closest UPS to check how much it will cost to ship and after lugging the box to the store they told me it was a whopping $500! In my mind I was like “HELL NO!” The guy helping me was kind enough to mention that the US Postal Services would be cheaper. As apprehensive as I have been with USPS I took the man’s advice and lugged my box back in my friends car and went to the nearest Post Office. Luckily for us it was only around the corner. One hour with a very nice patient lady later I ended up paying a whole lot less. Think more like $300 less. Yeah, I was surprised. When I did my online research I was misguided somehow to think that USPS would be a whole lot more expensive. It worked out in the end but at the time my stress was high. It also probably had to do with the fact I was hot (unexpected mild day), sweating, and very hungry (breakfast wore off).
Packing is a pain and who has ever gone through it knows my pain but I do recommend doing it little by little for a month. That’s if you don’t have a house full of stuff. I mean, I only have to worry about myself and my frivolous things in my little Brooklyn apartment. In other cases it’ll probably be more than just one month. I surprised myself thought, that I was able to throw out so much junk, donate about 6 BIG bags of textiles (clothing and such), and pack 2 suitcases, a carry-on and a box. Now that’s what you call “purging”. I did end up having 3 bins left of stuff (I can’t fully remember what’s inside right now) and gave them to my dad to store at his place. Glad to have family to help out. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have them.
Besides that I said my final farewells to my family yesterday and today my friends. The great thing about this day in age is that I can be physically gone but virtually still around. I won’t disappear as long as they keep in contact as well. As for my next post, I am not sure if I’ll have internet access for the week I’m in the hotel for training but I will make sure to document about my first week in Japan somehow. I know for sure I’ll have internet in my new apartment.
Anyhow I will enjoy these last two days in the US. じゃ、またね！Laters!
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