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Strawberry season!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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I love strawberry season. When I saw them for $3 a punnet (a steal!) with a limit of 4 per customer, I took it as a personal challenge. I was gonna buy 4 and I was gonna eat them! And I have. Well I have eaten 3, but I know what I am having for dessert tomorrow.... Each punnet is 2 servings of fruit, so this is clearly a good obsession to have.

Right, moving on from my ode to fruit....

My trip is on and confirmed. My travel agent called the tour people and sorted everything for me. I have my spot and my tickets and I am leaving in 11 weeks, 9 hours and 12 minutes. Not that I am counting. I have spent the past 3 days downloading every travel app on the planet. Not that I am excited. And I'm totally NOT excited about going to see the house from Mrs Doubtfire when I'm in San Francisco. Coz that would be geeky and odd...

Yep. Oh, and I went to boot camp. It was OK. Not sweaty enough for me. Going to a course tomorrow so I get a sleep in!

  
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CARLA-216 10/23/2012 4:12PM

    Whew!
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LYNSEY723 10/23/2012 11:58AM

    I am so excited for you! I want to travel so bad, but finances have never allowed it.

Sorry to hear bootcamp wasn't sweaty enough for you! Maybe it was good for your body to tone it down for a workout?? :)

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REGILIEH 10/23/2012 8:24AM

    I will be counting down with you! I knew it would work out! I believe when you want something you need to put it out there, claim it and believe it! I think I am almost as excited about your trip as you are.

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DNRAE1 10/23/2012 7:37AM

    A day without berries is a day without bliss! I love all berries! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So glad you got to your TA and sorted it all out! emoticon Don't for get the camera!

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LIVEDAILY 10/23/2012 5:54AM

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I love strawberries too! Our strawberry season is usually early May through the end of June here, for locally grown strawberries. One year I went and picked my own, and then made jam with them. Very yummy!

I am SO glad you got everything sorted out. Bring your TA some fresh strawberries!!

Can you actually go and see the house where they filmed Mrs. Doubtfire?? I diodn't know that! That is cool!

You are going to have a blast!!

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ANAJAK 10/23/2012 5:24AM

    Woohoo for strawberries and trips and apps and sleeping in!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/23/2012 5:05AM

    Yay!

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Freaking out

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Right. I had my contiki confirmed, so I paid for it, along with my flights, at my travel agent. BUT because I had requested the tour and not the TA we have problems. The (RUDE) contiki lady said that since I have decided to 'trust my TA' she is going to cancel my booking and let my TA rebook it. Great. Except it is a public holiday here, and the TA is closed. The booking is not being held for me anymore,and someone else could book it before my TA gets a chance to tomorrow. So I have paid over $4000 in tours and flights and I might not get to do the tour. The flights are non refundable, so I would still have to go, and I would just have to figure it out. It would mean seeing less places and not having any company until the last few days when my BFF joins me.

Argh. And there is absolutely NOTHING I can do but sit here and worry about whether or not I can get back on the tour.

  
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CARLA-216 10/23/2012 4:10PM

    Holy crap! I hope this works out for you!

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LYNSEY723 10/22/2012 12:30PM

    Oh no!!! I'm sure it will alllll workout! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!

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LIVEDAILY 10/21/2012 9:51PM

    Yes, that was rather rude of her. I wonder if she was to get some sort of bonus if you had booked the tour through her instead of your travel agent and that's why she was in a snit. Unfortunate. I'd complain to her boss. Even though it's a holiday, I'd still try to call your TA, and if there's voice mail, leave a message. Remember to breathe and say a little prayer.

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ANAJAK 10/21/2012 7:55PM

    I don't understand. Why are people so weird.....

Just enjoy the say off mate - if there's nothing you can do today anyway why worry!!

Ps. Is it pissing down up there like it is here???

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REGILIEH 10/21/2012 7:51PM

    I claim it with you that it WILL work out and your TA WILL take care of it!

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 6:49PM

    Hang in there!!! Things usually work themselves out! Have hope and sit on your TA's doorstep
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COLETTEISGREAT 10/21/2012 6:37PM

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
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Productive?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I only left the house to see my friend Tracey for a coffee. It is a miserable day here, pouring rain and even a thunder and lightning storm a couple of hours ago! So I have spent most of the day inside. With nothing on TV. And just my parents for company. I got lonely, so I needed a distraction. Good news, my upcoming trip is planned! LOL

My best friend messaged me today and asked if I wanted her to meet me in LA. Ummmm... YES! I haven't seen her since she moved to London in April, so spending 5 days in LA with her would be awesome. It also means I won't be in a huge city all alone. And I'll have someone to go to Disneyland with. Sweet!

I have decided to collect a tshirt from each city I visit. I like souvenirs, but I want something that I can use. I wear tshirts all the time, so I thought that would be perfect. Yes, they take up more room than postcards and fridge magnets, but I would also be able to use and wear them.

I may talk about this trip non stop for the next 10 weeks... Apologies in advance!

  
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MERRY_XMAS 10/25/2012 12:43PM

    Great news about your friend and great idea about the T-shirts!

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CARLA-216 10/23/2012 4:09PM

    Talk away about your trip! We can all live vicariously through you!


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LIVEDAILY 10/21/2012 8:13AM

    I don't think anyone is going to get tired of hearing about your trip!! You're traveling halfway around the world, visiting 6..8? major cities. That is exciting!! Love the tshirt idea!

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REGILIEH 10/21/2012 7:50AM

    I like you talking about your trip and I am so glad you will have your friend in LA and that you are going to Disneyland, it is always more fun at Disneyland with a companion.

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 6:39AM

    No problem! The anticipation is half of the trip!!! emoticon

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JSTETSER 10/21/2012 6:28AM

    I'm glad that you got out and visited your friend!

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/21/2012 5:18AM

    Talk about it as much as you like - I'm enjoying reading about your plans :-) I like the Tee Shirt idea - and when you have worn them out you could do what my son used to do - use them for wall hangings 'in memory of' - LOL!

Kris

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/21/2012 4:49AM

    Sounds like your mood reflected the weather ...

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So. Freakin. Excited

Friday, October 19, 2012

All I have done for the past 24 hours is research my trip. So excited. So scared. So much to do!

My to do list includes
- Get a new passport (have everything ready, just need to send it off)
- Buy a winter coat (Apparently it could be snowing in Seattle and the Grand Canyon)
- Buy a suitcase (mine is too big to go on the contiki bus)
- Decide exact dates to be in cities
- Book internal flights
- Book accommodation
- A million other things

I have already booked my tickets, my travel insurance (would NEVER travel without it!), and gotten a credit card to use over there.

A few people have asked what a Contiki is. Contiki is a tour company that catered to 18-35 year olds. They have tour bus and take you from place to place and then give you advice on what to do while in your new location. You can either stay with the group or venture off on your own and do your own thing. I plan on doing a mix of both.

The advice everyone is giving me is so valuable, I am so grateful for it! And thank you to everyone who is sharing in my excitement. I appreciate it. My mum is freaked out (she thinks I'll be mugged or something) so it helps to have people who are excited for me.

  
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CARLA-216 10/23/2012 4:07PM

    I'm excited for you!

About the winter coat...maybe you could find something that has a zip out liner so that it can double as a warm coat and as a lighter coat, and quite possibly the liner could be worn alone as well. I'd also want one with a hood. Forget the umbrella....completely useless if it's windy and takes up valuable luggage space. I see LIVEDAILY has given you some awesome advice as well.

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BLUEKITTYJAN 10/21/2012 2:49AM

    Have fun

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MERRY_XMAS 10/20/2012 3:18PM

    Nah, you are gonna be great if you organize everything thoughtfully and if you're gonna be careful.

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MATHMANDA 10/20/2012 1:21PM

  Instead of getting a winter coat, I might get several sweaters and sweatshirts that you can layer--you can wear them individually for warmer areas, and layer them for cold areas. It would take less room in your suitcase.

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REGILIEH 10/20/2012 11:00AM

    I can understand your mother freaking out, I would be VERY careful venturing out by yourself as you won't know what areas are okay what areas are not.

I am so VERY excited for you! You do need to exercise caution!

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LIVEDAILY 10/20/2012 10:09AM

    Winter coat...get something that is "squishable", that you can roll up and squeeze into your bag. Research weather for the areas you're going to for the time of year you're going. When choosing your clothes, think of basics that mix and match: black pants, a black skirt, a black dress, a couple of shirts, a sweater, things that you can layer if it's going to be colder, your sneakers/ trainers a pair of regular shoes. If you're going to be going to a restaurant at all, you want something nice to wear (skirt/dress). Everything should be roll-able. Less wrinkles that way! Pack only the basics in terms of toiletries (one quart size bag of travel size items). You can always pick up more at drug stores once you're here. No snese carrying atuff halfway around the world! Hairdryer...most hotels have them in the rooms now. Leave yours at home!

You are going to have SUCH a great time!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/20/2012 7:30AM

    emoticon You're leaving, on a jet plane... emoticon

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JSTETSER 10/20/2012 5:44AM

    Congratulations. Please let us know your itinerary when you have it! I'd love to meet you!

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/20/2012 3:50AM

    My son found that if he loaded as much money as possible onto a travel card for over there, then it worked out cheaper using that rather than keep loading it bit by bit. He said it cost $10 each time money was put on it. National/ANZ Bank do it but he doesn't know what other banks.

Tell your Mum she is to stop panicking - YOU WILL BE FINE :-) Having said that, I know how she feels 'cause I was a bit like that when my son went over - he was 30 at the time and his friend 39 - FULLY GROWN UP - LOL!

Enjoy your excitement :-)
Kris xx

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No longer potential...!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I got the email today telling me that I got on the contiki tour! I raced to the travel agents and booked my flights. Half an hour and several thousand dollars later everything was confirmed.

I am so happy, but scared, too. I have never traveled internationally by myself before. I have never done anything this impulsively before (even though this is something I have wanted for a long time). Whew. Lots and lots of emotions right now!

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my other blog recommending things to do, and even some very generous people offering to take me to lunch or show me around their city. It means a lot to me!

  
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MERRY_XMAS 10/20/2012 3:17PM

    Congratz!
I hope you'll love it!
Take looots of photographs and enjoy yourself the most! It was a very brave decision and I'm sure it's gonna be a journey that you'll remember for the rest of your life!



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ADARKARA 10/20/2012 8:28AM

    You'll have a great time! Maybe on your next visit you can see the East Coast =)

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HEAT7918 10/19/2012 8:41PM

    You're going to have an amazing vacation!

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COOKINGIRL 10/19/2012 7:37PM

    What great news. Have a wonderful time!

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LIVEDAILY 10/19/2012 7:29PM

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Good for you!! You are going to have a blast!! I'm glad you're doing most of it with a group. They are pro's and you will enjoy yourself!!
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KATYMS 10/19/2012 11:37AM

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RUNNER12COM 10/19/2012 11:15AM

    Love it!

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CARLA-216 10/19/2012 10:30AM

    Yay! How totally exciting!


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COLETTEISGREAT 10/19/2012 8:52AM

    Have an awesome trip!!!

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    Yeah!!!! Congratulations! You will have a wonderful time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/19/2012 7:44AM

    FANTASTIC!!!!! You will be fine and you will have a marvelous time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Have a great time! emoticon

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JSTETSER 10/19/2012 5:44AM

    Congratulations. What is the Contiki Tour?

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ANAJAK 10/19/2012 3:54AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Got a big suitcase?? Maybe we could smuggle me in??

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WHERERMY62KEYS 10/19/2012 3:04AM

  HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TRIP

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