Friday, June 20, 2014

Here We Come Scotland!

As tech week comes to an end, everything we could possibly think of has been packed up into 4 trunks, 3 company bags, and a duffel bag. The set, costumes, lights, sound, and everything in between has been neatly packed and weights have been checked and rechecked to make sure we don’t go over the limit.

Shipping ready to go out!
The week was spent organizing, choosing what we needed and what could be bought when we arrive in Edinburgh. Then everything was labeled, packed, and shut tight in a bag or a trunk. Now it’s up to the shippers to make sure it gets to Scotland when and where we need it. All week we struggled through not knowing “should we take this or can should we buy it there?” Usually the answer was, pack some of it, if we need more we can buy it.

The trunks are the most complicated part of this trip. We must catalog every single item inside them and describe what they are made of, how much they weigh, and what their value would be if damaged or lost. As we made this list and checked it not twice but probably five times, I marveled at the ease we did so due to the convenience and accessibility of technology. All week, Matt Davis has been teaching me how to use formulas on Excel which made sorting things easier and I couldn’t even imagine trying to do all we did with pen and paper. There is no way we would have been as efficient and accurate as we were.

This being my first time out of the country, I felt like I needed to be reliant on technology to stay in contact with my family back home. But as I look around at this amazing group of people I am traveling with, I realize that I don’t have to be constantly be in contact with people that aren't with me. I need to look up from my phone and realize that I will be in a country that is much older than I can even imagine and that there are so many new experiences out there; I only have to break free of the grip of technology and experience the world around me.

So here we come Scotland! A group of dedicated students who are looking up from their phones and computers and experiencing the wonderful world around us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

-Chandler Payne

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