Thursday, November 30, 2006

when opportunity knocks...

make it lemonade!

Normally fairly frugal and practical to a fault, I signed a check this morning to put a deposit on a study-abroad excursion (a 10ish - ish due to the lengthy flights-- day trip led by my history professor) to South Africa for this summer. Now, one may ask, how does a graduate student living on loans pay for a trip like this? Answer: another loan! My insides drop and twist at this, but lets be realistic -- when am I ever going to go to Africa? I'm way too practical. And travelling to countries/continents of this sort really require organized tours. Its not the sort of thing one books on the spur of the moment via Orbitz. And besides, its an education expense and I have the next, oh, 10 to 15 years to pay off the massive amount of debt I'm accruing this year, right?

I keep spinning around in my chair with excitement. Good thing I have the office to myself today.


  1. Congrats! Everyone should take the opportunity to study abroad!

  2. holy crap! you're so awesome. will you chill with the bokke while there? (that's insider lingo for the springbok women's rugby team) also, i can't wait to see you on sunday!!!!!

  3. I kind of doubt there's any rugby worked into the 10 day university/etc tour, but that would be cool....

    Are you up to boatrace on sunday? (not that I am!)

  4. Congratulations! That's so awesome, and really the only way you can decide to travel is to make that leap and just spend the money. It took me six months to pay off and drained my (small) savings, but my trip to Rome and Greece last May was the best thing I ever did for myself.