Saturday, July 28, 2012

Packing Day

Today was packing day, and oh my goodness. PACKING IS HARD. Did you know that? I've lived in the same house my whole life, so the only time I've really had to move was when I went up North for school. And this isn't like that. I can't come home in a couple weeks to grab something I may have forgotten. No, I'm moving to the other side of the planet.

How do you pick up your life and move to the other side of the world??
You pack for all seasons.
You buy lots of toiletries (because they're expensive where you're going).
You condemn yourself to a life without paper books (eBooks are the new black).
You complete a lot of paperwork.
You select a few mementos to bring.
You steel yourself against the goodbyes.
But most of all: You feel like none of it is real.

You can't possibly be leaving everything familiar behind, can you? All of your family and friends? You can't really be starting up a new life in a new place with a new job and new friends, can you?

And it can't really be happening in two days . . . can it?

But yes, it is. And you can. And you do.

That's the thing about how today passed for me. I don't feel any different. All of my clothes are packed away, but so what? IT'S JUST TOO SURREAL. I can't wrap my brain around the fact that I'm leaving yet. That I'm moving to Australia. That I'm officially a big girl. That potentially the best part of my life is just starting. Or maybe it's the worst.

I don't know how to handle what's happening.

I hope that I can hold it together long enough for it to be too late to turn around.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I'm off to Melbourne, Australia!

Yep, you read that right: Australia. This is actually a dream come true. Whenever I thought about traveling, I always thought: Man, would it ever be amazing to go to Australia! And here I go.

Not only am I going to Australia, I'm also going to be living there! Since I've finished school and graduated with my University degrees, I'm off into the world. You know, big girl job, and whatnot.

Well, looking for a big girl job has landed me on a plane to Australia. Melbourne, to be specific. I've been hired as a Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) (supply teacher, to us Canadian folk) with ANZUK Teachers, a company based in Alberta that sends Canadian teachers to the UK and Australia to teach! Like I mentioned, I'll be a CRT, which basically means I'll be working day-to-day. I'll get a call in the morning with a "Yes, you get to make money today!" or a "Nope, sorry. Maybe tomorrow." Either way, I'm going to be in friggen Australia!

I've started this blog more with the purpose of keeping my family and friends back in Canada updated on my life. Since I intend to do a lot more traveling, I've made this blog non-specific to Australia. I hope to fill it with my adventures; with my life.

I hope you're ready to take this journey with me.