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Travel Bugs

For some reason today I am thinking about three people I know that have a considerable itch to travel. My dear friend in DC (We’ll call her CG), a great pal from Canada (Miss Nicky) and my baby sister. All three are regularly finding ways to jet around the globe and go on all sorts of interesting adventures. I love to travel as well but never seem to be quite as capable as these three in finding the time (and the money) to take off to exotic locations. Perhaps in the next couple of years that will turn around… but really I think I just have to find a way to prioritize it in my life and make it happen. So I can stop being jealous of these three travel bugs I have in my life.

So, to start… my friend CG… earlier this year she and her hubby got a great week long vacation to Aruba (beautiful and picturesque as seen in the photos she shared with me). This vacation was paid for (100%) by her husband’s company. Apparently ever year they set goals of the team and if they meet the goals they get some recognition. But they also set a stretch goal that they call their ‘trip goal’. If they meet THIS goal the company takes them all on some trip… Thus the all expenses paid trip to Aruba. At the end of May CG decided to up and go to India for six weeks. Her in-laws live there and she isn’t working at the moment so she decided to go stay with her ‘family’ for 6 weeks to immerse herself in the culture, learn the language and better connect with her husband’s family. At the same time she is attempting to gather some experience working for Non Profit Humanitarian agencies. She’s been blogging about her experiences while she’s gone and while I am not sure I would want to go to India I certainly would LOVE an adventure like she’s having.

Next we have my baby sister…. she’s very active with her Church Youth group and manages to get some very cool travel out of that deal. Some of you may already know this but the Pope John Paul II started something called “World Youth Day” some time ago. It’s a global conference for Catholic Youth (from 16 – 35) that’s hosted in a different country every three years. In 2002 it was in Toronto (my sister and I both attended that one). It’s a phenomenal experience. Three years ago it was in Australia and my sister went as a group leader with her youth group. She was there for a little over two weeks and saw some incredible sights… Given that Australia is very high on my wish list of places to see I was definitely envious (and excited) that she got to go. Well this year World Youth Day is in Spain and my sister is once again going as a group leader with her church youth….. lucky lucky girl.

Finally, we have Miss Nicky…. Miss Nicky moved from Holland to Canada when she was about 11 or 12. She’s a grade school teacher and every year that I’ve known her she’s taken the summer and returned to Europe to tour around or spend some time working on her Spanish (by living in Spain for a month or more). A couple of summers she has also volunteered for a Catholic Educational Mission group that was doing some work with school children in Uganda… Talk about amazing experience. Earlier this year she went to Costa Rico (also very high on my list) and was so enamored of the area that she’s planning on spending at least a month or two back there this year. Now that the school year is ending she’s getting ready to head out once again. I am not sure what the order of her travels will be but she has the next 14 months off to travel. You see, she’s been doing what’s called a 4 over 5 with her school district. I am not sure exactly what that means but basically it’s a way of structuring her teaching time so that she builds up enough time to take an entire year (with pay) off. She’s choosing to use her time to travel around the world and learn about as many places and cultures as she can fit into her time… amazing if you ask me!!

When you have people like this in your life it’s really hard to not catch the ‘travel bug’. The last big trip that I took was about three years ago now. My little sister and I spent almost two weeks traveling around Athens and a couple of the Greek Islands. It was magnificent. But now I am thinking that I need to start SERIOUSLY planning a big trip for later this year. It’s time to get out of North America… the only real question is where to go first.

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June 24, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Inspiration, Life | , , , , | Leave a comment

Relaxing @ Home

There is something very relaxing about being back at home in the Valley. There isn’t much to ‘do’ – certainly not like being in the city – so the days are filled with visiting family, playing cards, reading, watching movies and generally just hanging out. I don’t get home more than a couple times a year but I always find the time to be rejuvenating. After a few days here I am very very chilled out.

This visit home has been full of great times. Friday was my birthday and having my BF and my family at dinner with me was fantastic. Yesterday was the St Paddy’s day celebrations in the local community and it was everything it always is. My aunts got my BF up dancing, we watched some great Irish entertainment, had a few beer and generally enjoyed the festivities. Today we hung out at home for the morning and then I took my BF on a tour of the neighbourhood.

I can’t remember what I’ve told you about where I grew up but it’s basically in the middle of nowhere. We drove on old country roads looking at the Canadian countryside. I showed him all the places I hung out, played sports, went to school, worked, etc. We spent the afternoon touring around and talking about how relaxing and fun the weekend has been.

I love it up here. But, I don’t think I’d ever want to live up here again. I am not really sure why. It’s beautiful country and I would love to be closer to my family. But there just something missing. I’ve never quite fit here. As we talked about all of this my BF said he’d felt the same way about where he grew up. Funny, we both feel completely at home in DC. I guess it could be because that’s where we’re both meant to be at this point in our lives.

This weekend has been incredible. We’ve had a lot of fun. Played games with my nephew and cards with my parents. Gone to a local community fundraising party (yesterday’s St Paddy’s festivities) and now we’re curled up on the couch watching a movie and hanging out. We head back to DC tomorrow evening and back to real life. For now we’ll take a few more hours of good old fashioned country relaxation.

March 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment