Summer's halfway gone, and all struggles with my visa application aside, I have finally officially acquired my visa which will allow me to stay in Belgium from August 17th through December 13th.
In reality, the day I sent my application through the post, I opted to forget about it until I received my acceptance back. Sitting, sulking, and waiting until that moment wouldn't have been a good way to spend several weeks of my summer. After all, the application was harder to handle than I eventually thought, so why add insult to injury? When a situation as serious, yet exciting as traveling, and eventually studying, working, and traveling more 4000 miles away comes around, you have to be careful to ensure that these things can happen. I had to have documents notarized, which probably was harder than it needed to be, and translate Dutch to English for some documents (I take French, so it was a problem).
Now that I'm a month away, I just have a few happenings left on my plate until I leave. While my birthday was almost two weeks ago, my mom's is tomorrow and we will be going out to eat at a swanky restaurant near downtown Raleigh. After that, I will be having my first taste of the political world, as I go to Washington D.C., reunite with some of my DU friends and go to the AIPAC Summer Saban Leadership Conference. It will be suits and ties galore, and we will not only learn about policy, but how to conduct the proliferation of issues and advocate for activism on- and off-campus around Denver. When I get home, I'm sure I'll have to buy a few more knick-knacks for Belgium, and then I'll just gradually become more and more excited.
Until then, stay tuned for more summer posts!