As I was nearing the end of my undergraduate degree in 2002, my next step was a mystery. I had applied to Graduate school as well as Teachers College. I won't lie and say that the uncertainty didn't make me nervous. Will I get in? Which one will I choose? What if don't get into either? What is my back up plan? During this time I was volunteering at a cardiac rehabilitation clinic. Most of the patients were elderly and wanted to hear all about my life. As I shared my post graduation story with them the overarching responses I got were along the lines of "you're so young and have your entire life ahead of you, these times of exciting uncertainty are rare in life, live it up". This got the wheels turning that, wherever I ended up doing that following fall, I wanted to go on a trip! Not just a week in Cuba, but an epic trip. I pitched this idea to my best bud and she was in. We decided on the classic European backpacking trip. Upon hearing the details of our sure to be awesome trip, two more friends jumped on board. And then there were four! We departed from Toronto on April 28 for a 5 week trip through France, Italy, and Spain. This was my first time really away from home and I loved the feeling of indepedance. Everyday was an adventure. Discovering new places and meeting new people (my husband and I met in a hostel in Paris on that trip). I was hooked.
Looking back on that trip now with those same girlfriends we realize how it was truly a once in a lifetime trip. Some of us are married, some have kids, mortgages ect ect. Turns out the advice from those cardiac patients was right and I find myself (although I am not quite as seasoned as they were) giving the same advice to undergraduate students I advise in my job.
That trip lit a spark in me. I am always thinking about the next trip. I was lucky to have met Kevin on that trip. Not only because I ended up marrying him also because we are total travel buddies. We have gone of some awesome trips together. To this day we still do backpack type trips but have put our foot down at sleeping in a dorm room!
Below are some of the adventures I have embaked on. For now old trips will be documented with a few photos. I hope to write reports from some of the more recent and future trips. I also need to figure out some techy things like how to link to a page from another page.
Eurpoe 1.0 with the girls: need to scan a few pics (before the days of digital cameras)
Southern Spain and Portugal
|Waterfall near Arenal|
|Sunset in Tamarindo|
South America: Peru, Bolivia, Brazil
|Camping in the Andes during the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu|
|Ipamema beach in Rio de Janiero|
London, Belgium, Northern France
|Sunset over the Houses of Parliment, London|
|Prague, Czech Republic|
Cote d'azur France, Switzerland, Italy Home Exchange
|Matterhorn: Zurich, Switzerland|
|Cinque Terre, Italy|
Arizona and California road trip
|Grand Canyon, Arizona|
|Death Valley, California|
Mexico, Belize, Guatemala
Colorado road trip
|Buena Vista, Colorado|
|on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park|
Cote d'azur - 2nd trip
|Latin Quarter, Paris|