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January 10, 2009 | 10:15pm
Mood: and almost completely
Music: Carrie Underwood - Last Name

I'm back in Kirksville. Sigh. My break wasn't nearly long enough.

Some interesting things: I now own an ottoman. This is exciting because I don't exactly have all that much in the way of furniture. In my living room I have two bookcases, an end table, and a futon. Now I have a really ugly ottoman that I found out by the dumpster. Well, at least I have somewhere to prop my feet now. And even more importantly: it was free! Hot damn!

Yesterday I went to the post office and applied for my passport. The guy said I should receive it in 4-6 weeks. I'm incredibly excited; I mean, I have one less excuse to not go abroad. I just need to buy a plane ticket (and figure out what exactly Visas are) and I can go anywhere in the world. And on that note, I'm contemplating backpacking across Europe this summer. Anyone interested? Contact me. Seriously.

Oh, and after eight years of buying textbooks, I bought the last books I'll ever need to buy. Well, until grad school. It was amazing - and surprisingly inexpensive.


One semester left... can I do it? Answer: god I hope so.

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I dont cause commotions, I am one

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from: bisous_77
date: January 11, 2009 04:21am (UTC)
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Visas are little pieces of hell that require a shitton of paperwork just to be slapped into your passport. If you're going to be in one country for less than three months (especially in most european countries) you don't need one. But, check for the more eastern ones.

PS- if you stop by Munich, you can stay with me. Just let me know.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 04:22am (UTC)
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ah, that makes sense! Thank you!

Oh, and thanks for the offer! I might just take you up on the offer. :)

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Bedlam boys are bonny

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from: mad_maudlin
date: January 11, 2009 04:36am (UTC)
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bisous_77 has it right--a visa is a sticker in your passport that states you have permission to be in a certain country. It also sometimes has other info about you. Applying for a visa is a long, painful and expensive process, but the good news is that you don't always need one; if you're just going to Europe, for instance, most of those countries are part of the Schengen Agreement that allow citizens to travel freely for up to three months sans visa. (Getting a job, studying, or staying longer than three months are different rules.) On the other hand, to get a Russian visa you need to submit "support documents" consisting of either a letter of invitation from a Russian citizen or registration with a hotel or tourist company, and your visa will last only as long as you're going to be in the country. Kazakhstan usually only issues visas for twelve months, and then you have to leave the country in order to apply for a new one; Peace Corps is the only exception I know of. (Our visas are good for the full 27 months of service and training.)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:11pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much for the info! I know a little about visas (like, you need one to get into Russia, etc), but beyond that, not so much. Consider ignorance fought. :)

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ms

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from: lala_luvyou
date: January 11, 2009 08:18am (UTC)
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Holy shit. I know we haven't hung out since hs but I'm going to Europe in the summer. We should meet up and take a trip together with a group of friends.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:13pm (UTC)
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psh, even though we haven't hung out for a few million years, I still keep in touch with you moreso than most of my other high school friends. (which is kinda sad, now that I think about it.) We should definitely meet up.

Coincidentally, I may also be taking classes in Poland (Krakow) in August. Have you been there?

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ms

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from: lala_luvyou
date: January 12, 2009 01:20am (UTC)
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Are you serious? I was considering studying in Krakow but I ran out of electives. My dad's side of the family is from Krakow and yes I have been there. ^.^

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 12, 2009 02:04pm (UTC)
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yeah, one of the TEFL courses I'm planning to apply to is in Krakow. I might also end up working there after I get my certificate - but yeah. that's so cool that your dad's side of the family is from there! I may end up relying on you for advice about places to see and things to do in Krakow. :P

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ms

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from: lala_luvyou
date: January 12, 2009 05:49pm (UTC)
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Yeah it's a pretty awesome place. Maybe we can adjust our travel sched so that we meet in Krakow at the same time.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:14pm (UTC)
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Missouri is a truly depressing place. At least it's better than Illinois right now - apparently they have 10+ inches of snow. We have, oh, 0. :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 12, 2009 02:05pm (UTC)
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weeeeell... I wouldn't exactly agree. I think the rural parts of both states are equally as shitty. Chicago's pretty awesome though, and I like KC.

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cebus_albifrons

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from: cebus_albifrons
date: January 11, 2009 06:03pm (UTC)
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I know the feeling about break not being long enough...

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:14pm (UTC)
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Break is never long enough. :/

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savagewoman

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from: savagewoman
date: January 11, 2009 06:33pm (UTC)
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As you obviously already know, you do need a visa to go to Russia, but may I suggest stopping by a neighbouring country that is just as inhospitable, weather-wise, and doesn't require a visa? :) I live in Turku, that's on the west coast, and I have unbridled tourist guiding and pony-infested habitation to offer :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:16pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the offer - I might just take you up on it one day. ;)

(No, seriously, I probably will. :P)

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savagewoman

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from: savagewoman
date: January 13, 2009 12:20am (UTC)
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And seriously? I'll welcome you with open arms. As long as you can stand the staring Pony eyes :D It would be so awesome if you could come here.

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sittingontrains

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from: sittingontrains
date: January 11, 2009 08:47pm (UTC)
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Hey! So, it's me, Kara - I finally got a livejournal! yay!

Oh, getting your passport is so exciting. Buy a ticket to Germany and come visit me and Amanda.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 11, 2009 10:17pm (UTC)
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Kara! You have a livejournal! Huzzah!

If I go to Europe I'll definitely have to stop by Germany - I mean, I have at least 3 friends living there right now. :P

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