11 days remaining. That’s right. E-L-E-V-E-N! I know what you are thinking, and yes, I know, I can barely believe it either. My, how time flies.
I have two days left at my full time job at Allianz, one shift left at my casual job at Safeway and eleven days left in this country! Gahhh. I hate Safeway with a passion, but after eight and a half years there, it is going to be extremely sad to leave; so sad, I may even have to cry. Forced tears, of course. No, I lied. Not forced tears, real tears haha. Oh, the shame *covers eyes*.
The worst part about this whole situation, though; I haven’t even started packing yet! I have no clue where to begin. How do I fit 14 months of my life into two suitcases? 46 measly kilograms is my check-in allowance and I am sure I can squish another seven to ten kilograms into my carry-on. I managed eleven kilograms last year and that was pushing it. The gentleman behind the departure gate only allowed that one extra kilogram because I was crying (No, I wasn’t crying because my carry-on was over weight by one kilogram, I was crying because I had just said good bye to mum and dad).
I purchased my travel insurance last week! I was in a pickle as most travel insurance policies do not cover you for working abroad, so I had to confirm with the Disney team that, if I were to be injured while on the job, some sort of workers compensation would be offered. One of the lovely Disney staff confirmed that yes, it would be, which meant I could just take out a regular travel insurance policy with Allianz. Although I am gone for 14 months, travel insurance policies are only issued for a period of 12 months. Allianz were charging $947.00 for the 12 months policy along with $25 extra to remove the $100 excess. This was by far, the cheapest full comprehensive policy on offer. Most of the travel agents and the insurance policy that Disney recommended were all in excess of $1800.00! That is crazy, especially considering most of the travel agents insurance policies are underwritten by Allianz anway. Back on track, with my staff discount, I was able to purchase the 12 month policy for $660.00 AU! What a bargain. I was quite happy with my huge saving and just have to be sure to extend the policy next year as the expiry date nears. Lucky I did it when I did because Allianz put up their premiums the other day. The same 12 months I was issued now costs around $1,200.00. Thank God I was on the ball, hey? I’m such an organised travel nerd (minus the packing factor).
As I mentioned above, I finish up with Allianz on Friday. I have friends I made on Contiki through Europe last year flying in from Perth to come and visit so I am meeting with them for dinner after work on Friday. Saturday night I will more than likely do dinner with them again then it is off to my farewell drinks shindig. I am planning on Saturday to be one very messy, yet enjoyable night. I cannot wait; copious amounts of alcohol will be consumed, I’m sure! Sunday I plan to awake (hang over free) and work my last shift ever at Safeway <insert tears and sniffles here> and then finally, come Monday, I plan to start packing. Keyword, plan. My room is such a mess that I have to start cleaning it to actually find the clothes that I plan on taking with me. Oh, there’s that keyword again. I plan on doing a lot of things next week.
The entire week is dedicated to packing and finalising everything. I need to also fit in a doctors appointment; I want to make it to the movies to see Hang Over; I need to fit in a few shopping trips to purchase bits and pieces; I have a hair appointment booked for Thursday morning; the girls have planned to catch up with me one last time on the Thursday night for dinner; I am doing one final dinner with the Safeway work crew on the Friday night; Saturday is reserved for the family get-together; then finally, on the Sunday I fly out! Phew. Just looking at that schedule makes me exhausted; I cannot actually imagine working through it. Guess I have no choice though.
Anywho, just wanted to blog my thoughts. I guess the next time I blog the countdown will be in single digits! Exciting much?
I CANNOT WAIT FOR DISNEY!!!