Friday, February 27, 2009

Jasper's Coming, Too!

I actually found this out for certain the other day, but I've been a bit too busy with departure preparations to post about it.

Yes, Jasper will definitely be able to accompany me to the USA. He's traveling with the luggage, as I was worried that he would cry too much during the flight to go carry-on (plus, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't fit under the seat anymore). Tomorrow I'm taking him to the pet store to get his hair cut, and then to the vet to get his final immunization and his health certificate (to prove that he has had his rabies vaccine, without which he would be denied admittance into the USA). I also need to track down an approved style of carrier for him, and a bone large enough to keep him occupied and distracted on the long flight.

I can't believe we leave Korea in only eight days!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"