Journal #1

Have you ever played tetris? It’s a game where you try to fit the falling blocks perfectly together to create a solid row. Well, my tetris skills have been coming in handy this week, allowing me to fit my things together nicely. Who said video games don’t teach us anything?

Have you ever had to pack for a long trip? Well that’s what I have been doing this week, and boy, it is a big job! I think it would be neat if I could just teleport all of my things to South Korea, don’t you? Unfortunately, I don’t have a teleportation device, so I have to choose which things I really want to take with me and leave the rest behind. Do I really need fifteen pairs of shoes? Probably not.TS Packing

There are a few special things that I bought to take with me. One of them is a water bottle with a built in filter to help me from getting sick. I am going to be living at the school in Korea and will share a room with two Korean girls. I decided I would like to take them each some Bath and Body Works products, since girls love things that smell good! Power outlets look different in other parts of the world, so I am bringing adaptors, that way I can charge my laptop and other electronics. I also got a new camera so that I can take lots of pictures and share Korea with you all!

What do you usually eat for lunch? I used to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost every day. Did you know that there are people in other countries that have never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? In Korea, peanut butter is uncommon, so I am going to bring my own. I am also packing one of my favorite snack foods, Goldfish! The last thing I wouldn’t want to go without is my favorite movie, Tangled!

Packing is an important part of preparing for a trip, but there are some other things I have done to help me get ready to go. A few months ago I went to the post office to apply for a passport. A passport is a little book that allows people to travel to different countries. I can use my passport to go to any country, but some countries have more requirements for visitors. To study abroad in South Korea I also had to apply for a visa. A visa is a special sticker that goes on one of the pages of my passport, and can only be used to travel to that specific country.

I got to meet with a special doctor last month who is an expert in travel medicine. He told me about the types of illnesses that are common in South Korea, which are different than what we have in the United States. I had already been vaccinated for some of the sicknesses when I went to Mexico, so I didn’t have to get any shots! I was lucky, wasn’t I? All I had to do was take some pills to help protect me from food poisoning. The doctor warned me to be careful about what I eat and told me not to drink the water out of the faucet unless I am sure it is safe.

There are a lot of things to think about before traveling to another country. I have had plenty of time to prepare and am almost ready to go! What are some of the special things you would take on a long trip?


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