Five weeks from today, I will be getting on a plane to England to begin an entirely new chapter of my life. Two years of an entirely new culture, and two years of leaving behind some of my favorite things: hot summer American road trips with the windows rolled down, greasy spoon diners like Waffle House and the other vagueries of regional American cuisine, the crazy jingoism of American culture that I unabashedly love (and somewhat fear), the farm, my friends, my family... and, of course, horses.
I'm not sure I've ever been more simultaneously bubbling over excitement and wrenched apart with bittersweetness in my entire life.
To commemorate the milestone, I bought my plane ticket today:
(one-way, baby - also not gonna lie, pretty excited to check out Icelandair)
I'm also in the final stages of applying for my visa which, aside from a few classic misadventures in the
sort of terrifying beautiful city of Lawrence, Mass that occurred while trying to get my fingerprints and other biometric information recorded, has gone suspiciously smoothly. I'm remaining on tenterhooks until the finished visa is in my hand though, for sure.
As I slowly keep checking off the boxes of things left to do before I leave, one big question remains: What to do with this blog? I waffle a lot between stopping the blog permanently after I leave and then perhaps starting up a new one after graduation to commemorate the next chapter in my riding life, or perhaps just keeping going with the rare horse-related post whenever I get a chance to over the next few years (like I did last time when I went abroad), or transitioning it more fully into an Oxford blog with both academic and horsey experiences covered.
So what do you think, dear readers? Would you enjoy reading about life at Oxford? Would you rather I kept the blog to horse-related things going forward, even if it meant probably very few posts over the next few years? Or would you prefer the blog end now entirely, and perhaps start anew when I return to the States in a few years?
I'd love to keep writing, but I don't want to bore you with the (probably going to be tragically dull) life of a Masters Student with only a minimum of horse-related payoff if you don't want that. So let me know!
In the meantime, I'm off to try to find a means with which I can simultaneously freeze time to enjoy these last few weeks of summer AND jump time forward so I can start grad school tomorrow. Because I'd really like to do both.
(My first day in Oxford for my junior year study abroad in 2011 - back in my 'cock one leg for all pictures so it looks like you might either really have to go to the bathroom or may have just broken your leg' days... good memories.)