9:53 a.m. and my bags are packed and I’m ready to go.

Too bad my flight does not leave until 7:45 p.m.

I received an email this morning from professors who are already settled in near Prince William and Kate saying that their flight was delayed five hours due to the volcanic ash from Iceland. If that happens to my flight, I will NOT be a happy camper. I’m ready to put on my oversized hat and walk among the Brits.

In comparison to my explorations last summer, I feel more prepared this year (probably because I have the language down pat…as opposed to the Italian I tried to understand last summer). I have two rolling suitcases filled with an array of trendy, comfy (which I prefer to call “study clothes”) and theater clothes. Instead of four pairs of wedges, I only packed one. Although, it was hard to leave the others in my closet. My cameras are charged and I believe I packed five different adapters and converters. Who would’ve thought that adapters would be my new obsession…adapters?! Oh well, at least I can charge all 15 gadgets at the same time.

With that being said, I can’t wait to see you on the other side of the pond!