So, today has been completely hectic (or at least it feels like it has been)... Last minute packing was done, as well as, checking, double-checking, and then checking again to make sure I had all of the essentials for my upcoming trip. I was then forced to say good-bye to my dad and boyfriend as my mom, sister, and I left for Chicago. Obviously, like the good student I am, as we drove to Chicago, in between talking to my mom and sister, I went through my entire Spanish textbook brushing up on vocabulary and grammar. Okay, maybe I didn't do this because I am a good student. I think I did it for the simple fact that I am slightly nervous to be complete submerged in the Spanish language in less than 24 hours. I've had 6 years of Spanish, but still it's not the same and I knew going back to the basics wouldn't do any harm.
When we arrived to Chicago, we ate at P.F. Chang's China Bistro!! If you've never been there, it is delicious. I'd say it was a good last dinner in the U.S. for awhile. I mean of course it doesn't beat a home-cooked meal, but it'll do. We then drove around looking for a hotel to stay at for the night and we landed at a Holiday Inn that is very close to O'Hare. And luckily we got inside just in time for it to start pouring! Now I am sitting here in disbelief that I will soon be in a foreign country. The next time you hear from me I will be in Lima, Peru with 9 other American students. I am excited, nervous, sad, and excited for tomorrow! :) But right now I need to "Relax, it's Holiday Inn."