I don't think I've ever seen magnolias bloom this fast. There used to be a tree right outside the education building at NIU and I loved looking at its blooms.
Today was all about preparation. I woke up early so that I could do my school work and I was able to finish before 9:00. I made lists, started using them to pack, made more lists, talked to my aunts, then packed more. I don't remember doing so much planning for the departure in my early traveling days, but I definitely feel like I do much more now. I think it is because I have realized how valuable every second is while abroad and I don't want to have to waste it on anything silly.
I think this trip ranks pretty high with excitement. I'm so excited to see new areas and visit my old favorite, Paris. I was talking to my Aunt Linda about what I want to see in Paris and we both came up with these lists that are unrealistic, but I just think that shows how much there is to do there. This will be my third time visiting and I think that even if I lived there I would not be able to see everything I want. Here are some ideas though: Old Favorites-Notre Dame, Seine, Tullieries, Montmartre, New Sights-Carnavalet, Hotel De Ville (photography exhibit), Rue Cler, and who knows what else. Adventures lie ahead and I'm ready.