Welcome to my Blog!
I've started this blog to keep in touch with my family and friends while I'm away from my home in Ottawa, Canada. I hope it will inspire them - and any other readers - to pursue adventures of their own.
To say I love to travel is an understatement. Sometimes I consider saving up my money while I'm in school and taking one huge vacation when I graduate, but then holidays come around and opportunities come up to travel. And then, I sometimes feel like it will be a long time before I'm finally done school. So I take my opportunities as they come.
I hope that everyone who along with my adventures enjoys the ride!
My current adventure is a trip to Israel to work on an archaeological dig for a few weeks. After that I'll be off to Jordan, then Portugal, and finally I'll make my way up to Paris to catch my flight home.
My past few trips have been to Norway, Spain, France and Mexico.
June 28th 2011
Good thing we were with locals for our stay in Haifa, because otherwise we wouldn't have had a fantastic hike down a valley in the middle of the city. Apparently you can buy a map of Israel with all the major hiking trails on it. When you're walking, there are colour coded trail signs so that you don't get lost, so you don't even need the map if you know where to go. Iftach, Alitta's friend who we stayed with, brought us to one such path only 10 minutes from his house. We walked past a primary school and then began our trek down into a valley, which is quite steep. When we got to the bottom of the hill, deep in the valley, we saw the natural spring where Iftach had planned for us to ... read more
June 27th 2011
It turns out that Israel is not like Canada at all. Not that I thought it was, but when I've driven across Canada it can take 2 or 3 days before the scenery changes. It takes less than an hour on a train for a change of scenery in Israel, and that's not even a high speed train. I've gone from one beach to another, from Tel Aviv to Haifa, but the cities couldn't be more different. Maija, Alitta and I took the train together this afternoon. Maija had to meet up with her aunt, who didn't have room for all three of us to stay, so we said our final goodbyes, I thanked her for meeting me at the airport and showing me around Tel Aviv, and off she went. We will likely meet up ... read more
June 26th 2011
After nearly 30 hours of travel, I've made it safely to Tel Aviv and am relaxing at the hostel with Maija and our new friend and roomie Alitta, who is from Australia. Thankfully my voyage went really smoothly so when Maija met me at the airport I was all ready to settle into my stay in Israel. Because it was Saturday afternoon when I arrived, most businesses were closed. It gave me a really good chance to wander around without and pressure or crowds. Most people that I've met so far have just finished their Birthright trips, including Maija and Alita, so many of them who were in groups together already know each other. The people I've met so far have been great for the most part, and it was fantastic to just hang out on ... read more
June 24th 2011
Finally, everything is falling into place. I have my bags packed and have just printed off the last of my itineraries. Tonight I say goodbye to my friends and family, and tomorrow morning I'll be on my way to Israel! I am definitely nervous about this trip - 2 months is a long time to be gone. But I'm also very excited about the adventures waiting for me overseas. When I arrive in Tel Aviv, I will be meeting up with my good friend Maija to spend a weekend on the beach. I am really looking forward to the relaxation of that first weekend. Not only will I be able to rest while getting over the 7-hour time difference, but I will also have my first day in weeks that I don't need to work or ... read more