안녕하세요! Hello everyone!
I have some really exciting news! I finally have my visa! Ok, I don’t physically have it. It is still at the consulate. Last week when I went to the consulate to apply for my visa, I was given a ticket that said to return today, exactly a week later. I called the consulate this afternoon to confirm that everything is all set, and it is! I’ll be picking it up later this week!
Because my visa is now officially complete, I am able to go ahead and start the process of booking my flight and hotel. I decided that I will arrive in Korea the day before orientation begins. I get really anxious about any type of traveling, especially when flying is involved. I know that the first day of orientation will be very overwhelming with checking-in and meeting many new people. So, I am flying in a day early and giving myself time to unwind from my travel anxiety before going off to orientation.
I have already booked a hotel right next to the airport. My booking includes free breakfast in the morning, which is one less thing I will have to worry about before going off to orientation! The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport from the same gate in the airport where I will take the EPIK bus to orientation. Woot!
I have not booked my flight yet because I decided on which one I want after my parents went to sleep. Since they are the ones driving me to the airport (most likely at 3am >.<), I need to make sure the flight I chose is OK with them.
I have started a little bit of packing, mostly winter clothes. I’m really trying not to bring too much so I have already eliminated things like scarves, gloves, and hats which I can most likely purchase cheaply in Busan when it starts to get colder. I am limiting myself to 1 huge luggage, a backpack, and a carry-on size luggage. I plan on doing either a video or blog post in a few months on about what I packed, what I wish I hadn’t, and what I wish I did.
Hey future EPIK applicants! Watch out for two more ‘Guides to EPIK’ coming soon! I have a post about the visa application and EPIK acronyms and terms sitting in my drafts waiting to be edited in the morning by a fresh brain!
Lastly, in non-EPIK news, yesterday was my little pup’s 10th birthday! I can’t believe it! I was gone for most of the last 6.5 years at school, so it’s been really amazing spending a lot more time with her. I am going to miss my little Mollie-wobbles terribly while I’m gone.