Australia is probably one of the first places that I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was in high school- koalas, beaches, and loads of adventure; what’s not to love? Preparing for a year long trip, however- that, in my case, is at least 10,000+ miles away from home, is somewhat overwhelming. However, the pay off of research is having a greater understanding of destinations you want to visit, the culture, the people, and what to expect. Whether you’ve been researching, or are new to the idea, here are my tips and suggestions on preparing for a major adventure unlike any other!
Last week I made a series of somewhat spontaneous, but long needed decisions. I quit my job and booked a flight to Newfoundland that was leaving the following the day. I was going to meet up with a friend I had only known through the internet, through my ex girlfriend, and we were going to go on a series of crazy adventures across NL with her friends. It ended up being such an incredible experience that was tight budget friendly and extremely rewarding with fantastic sights and memories.
I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m a huge super hero fan, or that I even knew much about the Wonder Woman film prior to watching it the other night. I had seen a few previews and thought it looked alright. My genuine reason for going was I had the night off, one of my friends from work was free, and the lead actress was beautiful- so why not? I figured even if the film was awful, at least the actress was really cute and I’d manage through it. Two hours later though, I left the theatre feeling like I’ve never felt after watching a movie; it was the most insane empowering energy that I’ve ever felt.
I don’t think anything could have ever prepared me for this, even though I could feel things had shifted dramatically. Although it hurt, the best part of breaking up, is realizing that there is someone out there who will appreciate you more. So to all you heartbroken, beaten down bastards out there- there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I promise, looking back, you’ll wonder why you ever even thought that it was the end of the world.
If you’re just joining me, welcome! If you’re coming over from the first post where I spoke about Montréal, thanks for sticking around. With so much to say about these breath taking cities, it’s hard to condense them all into one post- and if I had, you’d be bombarded with an eternity of scrolling! Who would want that?! Onward to arguably my favorite city in Canada- Québec City, followed by a budget friendly guide to a day trip in Ottawa!
Between the vast wilderness, wild life, and cozy cities full of cobblestones and beautiful street art, what isn’t there to love about Canada? Although I can’t speak for the entire country, my road trips to Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa have all been full of natural beauty, crazy adventures, and wonderful life long memories. Although this isn’t a complete guide to all that you can do in the country, it’s still a good starting point if you’ve never been or are possibly looking for recommendations that are affordable on your next adventure.
If you’re like me and enjoy pitching a tent in the woods or cooking ramen noodles over a campfire, finding a beautiful place to do this is likely on the top of your list. As someone who has been lucky enough to go backpacking in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Banff National Park, Canada, it’s hard to find ‘comparable’ beauty to these western forests on the East Coast, especially when you’re short on time and cash.
Where do places comparable to that beauty exist, out here? My answer: Acadia National Park in Maine.
We all have that special something we can seamlessly relate our lives to, whether it be a film about an underdog who defies the odds, or a song that perfectly recites the darkest moments of our past. For me, one of these special somethings has to be Blue Is The Warmest Color– the film itself resonates with remnants of my past, as it spans across the turbulent years of figuring out who you are and what you desire in life. Although the film is quite a few years old by now, I still find it completely relatable, and figure hey, someone might appreciate finding out about this film, or getting the chance to read a thoughtful analysis of what makes this movie an orgasm for the soul.
At some point in our lives, we come to terms with our own mortality. Whether it’s the death of family member or loved one, or the simple realization that we will not live forever, death eventually becomes a thought that every human attempts to grasp. The thought of death is both fascinating and scary, an eerie blend of mystery and possibility.
Congrats on your next step in ending the distance! Here is everything you need to know, and do, for a successful K-1 visa journey! Let’s just say, I research a lot of things 🙂