The 3 hour wade through immigration upon landing made me never want to leave the country, just so I didn’t have to go through it again. But stepping on the Skytrain and emerging from the Granville City Centre stop left me speechless. The city is breathtaking. You just don’t know where to look first, couples dancing in the street, an 80 year old who just stopped for a chat, a 12 year old boy wandering downtown with a Britney ‘Slave for You’ style snake round his neck (YES it was real!!!!) 50’s style diners, the tip jars and the most ridiculous hummers I have ever seen….I could go on! I don’t know how to explain it, other than jaw dropping, amazing, weird and wonderful. All rolled into one. I couldn’t help but update this but I am now attempting an ‘early’ night! Its 11pm here (7am on my British watch) been up for nearly 24 hours and I am POOPED ha! Roll on more crazy-ness tomorrow, hopefully involving pancakes!
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
I never knew I was capable of being such an emotional wreck, all in the space of a few days. Until now I had reassured myself that moving 4725 miles (yes I googled it) from home would be a simple, stress free experience. Nothing like an emotional goodbye dinner with the family to flip this belief on its head... Saying goodbye to all my 'nearest and dearest' (God I sound like my Grandma) was the hardest thing to do, not probably helped by the fact I am a 'slight' drama queen, and I really do mean slight!
...But all those hours spent thinking of the moments I will miss back home with the people I love the most made me wake up and remember how small we all really are. It's so easy to become 'comfortable' with your surroundings, whilst forgetting how many breathtaking things there are out there to see.
So...with my short poignant statement left right there (as we can't talk about too many 'feelings') I am left reassured that this year will be one of the most amazing years of my life and as the literary genius Joely Walker once said ''A life changing journey starts with a single step'' .. (or maybe she reworded a famous quote and tried to pass it off as her own!? I'll leave that one unanswered ha!!)
Unless you take the first step, you will always be wondering what if?! and I never want to wonder 'What If?'
Monday, 22 August 2011
I've got to admit I never thought this day would come, seems like yesterday I was sat staring at the UCAS webpage waiting to see whether I had been accepted to study International Management & American Business Studies at Manchester University. 2 years on and my bags are packed, hotel booked, tickets printed. In 4 sleeps I will most probably be in floods of tears whilst I board the 8 hour flight to Vancouver, crapping myself (excuse my francais) at the prospect of living in a new country for a year, knowing no one and most importantly, the uncertainty of when I will next have access to my BBM.
I apologise in advance for the quality of this blog. Dont expect Shakespeare. A simple collection of photos (probably more these than anything else being the snap happy self that I am) and a few details of my travels will do for you all I'm sure. Putting all my fascinating stories on here seemed far more logical than repeating the same story ten times over! Please all comment, let me know what you all think/tell me to shut up if I am generally boring you to death (however I'm pretty sure I will be getting up to more fun things than the rest of you hahaha)
So I shall leave it at that for now and will update it asap once I have landed in Van. For those of you who ARE sending me off at the airport, bring some tears please, make me feel special, you know how I like that and most importantly wish me luck, because the way I am feeling right now, I most definitely need it. Fingers crossed the next time you hear from me it will be with red cup in hand, easing the pain of being away from you all.
Bon Voyage to moiiii & buckets of love