BRIDGING BELIEFS

An American Perspective on Faith in Europe

Cronkite Euro 2010 officially begins tomorrow, which means that for most of us, the adventure begins now. My flight leaves Dallas for Heathrow in about five hours, and I’m nervous! Luckily the ash cloud seems to have moved out of our way. Heathrow is a giant airport and completely intimidating to someone like me, who has never traveled abroad before. I land at Terminal 3 at 10:45 a.m.. and we leave for Dublin from terminal 1 at 4 p.m., so luckily I’ll have lots of time to find my way around and meet up with the group.

I’ve been so busy with travel logistics the last few days, like packing and buying silly gadgets such as plug converters, that I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to the actual studying and reporting that’s going to happen! Luckily, I know that once I’m with the group and settled in, that part will come naturally, as it always does. I did read everything in the binder given to us at our last meeting and found it all fascinating, which is promising!

Twenty-four hours from now, we’ll be settled in our hotel room in Dublin, exploring our new surroundings. It still feels a lot further out, but I’m hoping the next day flies by without a hitch. And that I get some sleep on the plane!

Safe travels, everyone. Can’t wait to see you soon!

Since I leave a few days early, I have only a couple days left.  I leave Friday morning!  Just bought a Skype subscription so I can make overseas phone calls, and so far it has paid for itself. I was finally able to get hold of a few people I’ve been trying to e-mail the last two weeks. It was nice to actually hear voices on the other end.

Well, bags are packed, t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted… and so it begins….

Study Abroad Euro Media, which takes us to Dublin, Rome and London to explore the media within these countries, is less than one week away. It’s becoming a bit overwhelming with everything that needs to be done in order to prepare, including moving! I’m confident that I will have an amazing time. How can you not?

Received feedback from only one contact so far… and it was only to suggest I get a hold of someone different, which was helpful. I’m excited about my topic (Christian radio stations) and really, really want it to work out!