Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Preparation

It's getting so close now! It's Wednesday evening right now, which only leaves me one full day before my flight (6am on Friday does not count as an extra day).

My visa came through today, which was a relief. The consulate sent it yesterday, & it was sent as Next Day Delivery post. Which is all very well & good, but I remember hearing it would arrive by 12pm- hence my panic when it hadn't come by 12.15pm (when you have a mother who calls you bang on 12pm to ask if the parcel was there yet, then of course you're going to stress out haha =P). Once the delivery guy came though, he pointed out it was supposed to be 1pm delivery anyway- my mistake! 

Anyway, I've also got my tickets sorted too (word of warning to anyone booking through Travelocity- when they send you a bunch of confirmation emails (& ask you to sign into a separate website), know that none of those things is your actual E-ticket. You have to take the first confirmation email to the check-in desk at the airport, and there you will receive your E-ticket. It's just held on the airline's system until then). So now all I have to do is confirm my check-in details online (plus meals etc). 

Insurance wasn't too much of a hassle to sort out- most of the places I spoke to have medical cover all included in their travel insurance rates too. Only thing is a lot of places don't do longer than 90 days (3 months) insurance though (even on their annual policies), & don't insure for working internships, so it's worth bearing that in mind if you're also from the UK. Luckily I did eventually find somewhere that do up to 120 days (6 months), & I also got a discount because I took my driving lessons from them too (see if you can guess which company it is =P). Not only that, but it was actually cheaper to go for the worldwide cover (including the USA/ Canada/ Carribean), rather than cover for Brazil specifically- who knew, eh?

Right so with those things out the way, the main thing is packing! I was thinking of bringing two suitcases with me so I won't have to do laundry forever, but maybe it's more sensible for a small weakling like me to only bring one =P I haven't packed the kitchen sink for the whole 6 months, so I'm hoping I'll be able to buy extra essentials when I'm out there (the city of SP is nearly as expensive as London, so I'm glad I'll be going to another city within the state!)

The majority of what I've packed has been documents & clothes; I packed thin material for the tropical climate, but also some cardigans/ scarves/ lightweight jackets just in case it gets nippy (it is 'winter' over there, after all- though 'lows of 12 degrees' is hardly cold!) I also packed some formal things, but not too many (Brazilians tend to have a very laidback culture; I'm taking open-toe sandals (with lots of padding, since teaching means I'll be on my feet a lot), but also button-up shirts, just in case). Colourful basics (& jewellery) is my mantra!

So yeah, I'm pretty much done now- just need to double triple check I have all the right documents before leaving, & then also make sure I don't fall asleep at all tomorrow night get a very early night on Thursday (6pm bedtime, anyone?) 

Exciting stuff! Maybe I'll take some ELT books & Portuguese phrases to read over on the plane...


Take care,
-CELTAfied


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*(PS- If you don't understand any of the acronyms/ terms that I've used anywhere on this blog, please check my glossary page for a definition.)
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