I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to go.
I have only 16 more hours till I leave on my Air France flight for Athens, Greece. I am so excited to be back after waiting five years. I have chosen my classes, figured out my capstone research, found out who my room-mates will be, and google-mapped my apartment building in the Pangrati area of Athens. I have packed and unpacked, shopped till I dropped, and ran around town completing all the paperwork that I need.
The hardest part (so far) was getting all the paperwork completed. Starting in December, I frequently called the FBI trying to find out the status of my fingerprints. I would call every week in December, and daily in January. Finally, I was notified that my prints would come in on the 21st of January, the day I leave. After getting of the phone with the representative, I lay on the couch, depressed. I had no idea what I was going to do. I needed the paperwork to give to the consulate for my Visa, and I wasn’t going to get it. Would this be my pitfall? I have waited five!!!! FIVE YEARS!!! to go back in study abroad in Greece. So, that day i watched way to many episodes of Parks and Rec, wallowing in pity, and depressed that I wouldn’t be able to go.
The next day I learned about the chandlers and made an appointment for the next day. The company I went though said the results would get back to me in 3 – 5 days. However, it took five hours. I then called the Houston consulate and they said my Visa would take a day to process. THIS WAS THE BEST NEWS! I was able to go!!!!
So now, I have less than 16 hours till my Air France flight to Athens, and I an totally STOKED!!!