Today I did two super-important things related to my study abroad. First, I sent in the application to have my passport renewed, and second, I finally completed my university’s portion of the study abroad application. Every time I check one of these things off of my to-do list, it makes the trip seem so much more real. (Only 90 more days!!)
It also makes me realize just how freaking expensive traveling abroad is. I mean, I knew the cost of the program before I signed up, but it’s all of these extra fees that are depressing both me and my sad little broke-college-student bank account. I mean, is it really necessary to charge over $125 for a passport renewal?? What could possibly cost that much about a little packet of papers?? Beyond that, I had to pay extra to get the passport expedited, shooting the cost up to almost $200. Sigh. I know that $200 isn’t really that much compared to other costs of international travel, but it’s $200 that I’d much rather keep than spend…
Anyways, I only have one more form to send in to the actual Korea University part of the application and then I can start registering for classes. This trip will definitely seem real then.
Now for some linguistics:
- Passport in Korean is 여권, which comes from the Hanja 旅券
- Passport in Chinese (Mandarin) is 护照 (hùzhaò)
- Passport in Spanish is pasaporte. Yay for cognates!