Masquerade me

Ever have one of those moments where you think "this isnt just a coincedence, this was meant to happen!" ?? Well I did, on Saturday.

I was at a Masquerade party (which was cool in itself) and I met a couple who had lived in Vancouver for 3 months a year or so ago. They were so enthusiastic about the country and my trip and it just gave me a buzz. They gave me great insight into an Aussie's side of things and I learnt some valuable info.

I am now at the single digit stage, just about 9 weeks until I leave! Time is flying past and I am trying to run with it. I havent slept much the last few days, I have so much on my mind. I am trying to organise my homestay experience and that is proving harder than I first thought, but I'm still going! Dont count me out yet.

It's Australia Day today! Yay! I wonder which country I will be in next Australia Day??!

Welcome to 2010!

It's now almost 2 weeks into the new year which is exciting in itself but even more so as it is the year of my big adventure!! The countdown is now at a little over 11 weeks til departure. Now that the moment is finally well on its way after many long years of wanting to take this step, I am feeling quite calm. I think that by the time I fly off I'll be as prepared as possible, and yet still open for adventure!

I was reading a journal I had kept from about 7 years ago and in it I stated that "I really want to go to Vancouver." I spent years making plans with friends to travel overseas (the plans ranged from europe/uk to canada/usa) and they spent years breaking them. My independence just grew stronger throughout and I guess I just decided that now the time has come – I'm not getting any younger. Even though I'd moved out of home I had a job (with a new promotion) that allowed me to save money and I tightened my belt. I started really saving and researching and making plans.

Europe, UK or Canada? I decided that I wanted to combine a working holiday visa with some study in Drama and that involved staying in the one place for a little while. This narrowed my options considerably until it didnt even seem like there was a choice. I was headed to Vancouver. So I applied for my WHV and bought my plane ticket. There is still a lot more to organise before I leave but that's all part of the fun, isnt it?

Happy adventures,

Al