December 31, 2009

It is such an odd concept to grasp; it is already 5:24am on January 1, 2010 back home in Melbourne, Australia.

Right now it is currently 1:24pm on December 31, 2009. Odd.

Each year I sit at home texting my mates here in the U.S. wishing them a Happy New Year almost a whole day before they actually reach it, but now that I am here, stuck in 2009, it is such a puzzling thought. Oh well. Stuck in the past it is… well, at least for the next 10.5 hours.

Oh, by the way, I’d like to thank you all for the wonderful ‘Happy New Year’ texts at 8am this morning. I was all snuggling in my blankets, sleeping and dreaming away ever so soundly when my cell phone crazily started buzzing away. Nice gesture, only I rolled over and went back to sleep.

Happy New Year to every one back home in Australia.
I hope you have a safe and prosperous 2010 and
that all your wishes and dreams come true…
and let’s be honest, they will come true because
you will all get to see me again in 2010. Ha!


Ringing in the New Year in Australia…

Pretty much the only thing Sydney is good for.

Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks spectacular.

This year has been one of the best years of my life. There is just simply too much to mention, but if I tried to sum it up it would go something like this…

New job. New friends. Life changes. Responsibility.
Bushfires. Australians unite together.
Hating on
old job.
Excitement and good news. Stress. Quit new
Quit old job (finally). Stress. Left my friends.
Left my family. Emotions. Canada. Visit old friends.
Moved my entire life. America.  Disney. Started a new life.

New experiences. New responsibilities.
New friends. New job. New culture. New learnings.
New place in life. New outlook on life. More travels.
Old friends.
Kelly Clarkson. Missing family.
Missing friends. Missing my cat. Lonely Christmas.


Here’s to 2010. I hope it’s an amazing year for all. I know I’m damn well looking forward to it!


Canada bound!

June 27, 2009

The countdown has finally come to an end. After years of wanting to move overseas, there are only 14 hours remaining until my flight departs Melbourne. I am SO excited. Actually, excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I am feeling at the moment. I’m not sure if there is a word for it, but it’s definitely not nerves. I thought at least by now I’d be in a state of panic and the nerves would start to kick in, but nope, not a sign of them yet! I guess that’s a good thing though.

I went to the currency conversion place this morning to convert some cash into U.S. and Canadian dollars. The Travelex lady serving me asked if I was flying home to visit my family. Apparently my accent led her to believe I was Canadian. FML. I had to explain to her that I was a Melburnian born and raised. I don’t think she believed me. This is the fourth time this week. On Wednesday the Doctor also asked if I was flying home to visit family. On Thursday at the hairdresser some random client sitting to my left asked if I was from Canada and then on Friday at the Chemist, the girl behind the counter told me I had a beautiful accent and that she really liked it. Poor girl was a tad confused when I told her I was Aussie.

I finally finished packing my two suitcases. I had to make a late-night dash to Coles when I realised I didn’t have everything I required. I hate packing with a passion so I am hoping all the imperative stuff is there.

I guess this will be my last blog from home for the next 14 months. Doubt I will be getting much sleep tonight. Hopefully the 27 hour duration flight Melbourne > Auckland > Vancouver > Montreal is a smooth one. I checked out the in-flight entertainment guide for my flight and the movie selection is awesome. Hopefully I can fit a good five or six in.

Going to be such a mess at the airport tomorrow saying bye to mum, dad and my friends! I’ll miss them so much, especially my gorgeous cat, Cookie, I’m going to miss his cute little face soooo much!

Later all!


Sadness; Frustration; Tiredness; Anticipation – 46 days to go

June 5, 2008

These last couple of days my family and I have all been very upset and saddened by the sudden passing of one of our cats, Kitty. Mum found her moved to the side of the road out the front of our house. She’d been hit by a car and was already gone when we found her ( She is now buried in our back yard. I’m going to miss her sweet, little elegant meows that she rarely ever let out. Her modest posture and sweet little face and how she would always stare at me, almost as though she was plotting attack against us all. I will miss how she’d sit at the dinner table with us at dinner time with her own chair at the head of the table and the rare occasions that she’d actually let me hold her and pat her without having her digging her claws into me. As I type this and think about her, I have tears rolling down my cheeks (

R.I.P. Kitty. We will forever miss you. Thank you for coming into our lives and bringing us Cookie. We will take good care of him for you (


That concludes the sadness part. Onto frustration…

I have my final two exams ever within the next three weeks. I haven’t started exam preparation for either of them yet. I don’t even think I’m in the right mind-set to do so. I’m so sad. I don’t really want to do anything at all. I wish uni was over already. I really need to pass these two exams so I can graduate this semester. End frustration.

Tiredness, self explanatory.

Anticipation – well, thank God I can skip the country in 46 days. Now really is just the perfect time to get away. I’ve decided to start compiling a list of things to do/see in each city (that aren’t included in the tour) we are visiting in Europe and directions to each of them. I will eventually post them on this site and write them out in a journal for myself to take with me. This will allow me to see everything I want to see during out spare time on Contiki and also allow me to fill in the free time that will come as a result of not taking part in all the optional activities. My biggest list, I assume, would be for London, since I have two weeks to do what ever I desire there. I can’t wait!

I had a few spare days of un-planned time in the USA. Given some minor adjustments, I could have allowed for two free weeks. I tried to convince my mum to fly up and meet me there so we could do Las Vegas and another city of her desire in that time. I basically just wanted to spend some time with her seeing the sites, doing a load of shopping and having some girly fun, but I don’t think she will pull through. She always says how nice it would be to come with me yada yada, but when she has the chance, she declines. I would have really liked to have her there with me to show her around. I always go on and on to her about how much I love the USA so it would have been great to be able to have her there with me, but to no avail. Ah well, better luck next time, I guess. Now I have to come up with some genius idea to fill in the spare time because I want to stay there long enough to see Kelly Clarkson in concert ❤

And there you have the ‘anticipation’.