9 days to go! Mood: Anxious
Before I start, I'm the world's biggest waffler, I just can't be concise. So apologies in advance. When I'm over there, I'll try to break up the text with pictures etc though. One more thing, if you click on the link to the right, or just http://katiegoldsmith.travellerspoint.com/subscribe/ you can subscribe to my blog and you'll be emailed when I update.
Wow, 9 days to go, eh! I've been on this journey since April of last year, when I applied and had my interview with Lattitude in Leeds. Originally, I wanted to do the same thing I'm doing in Canada, but in Australia. However, they didn't have any places left so they advised me to look into Canada. It's funny how things can just change and fall into place in the end. It's strange that after all this hype, and organising, and working, and stress at times, and just waiting for January 28th to come round... it's literally just around the corner. It's always seemed such a distant date, so it hasn't really sunk in yet that it's so close!
So, this month me and Mark (my travel buddy, I'll mention him throughout this =]) have been super organised and finally arranged everything we needed to! We'll arrive in Calgary, the capital of Alberta which is the state we will reside in, at around 7:00 pm local time after a really long flight (in which I plan to watch a million movies and play on the little tetris games the whole time...get in). Mark and I don't really know each other too well yet, so we're really looking forward to being forced into each other's company for over 9 hours haha. But seriously, it will be good to have a massive catch up. Then we'll catch a bus from the airport to Downtown Calgary, where we've booked into Calgary Hostel International for 3 nights. It looks pretty central, and has free wi fi in rooms, a pool table, and events on in the evenings, so I'm really excited about having a few days of independence and orientating ourselves before we start actually volunteering.
The thing I am most excited about though, HAS to be the fact that we've booked to see the Calgary Hitmen, a junior Major League ice hockey team, play. How cool?! And the other day, I was watching a Canadian ice hockey match on TV when this fight broke out... helmets were discarded, gloves torn off, menace in their eyes! The 2 guys skated towards eachother and just had this massive brawl whilst the 2 referees watched on in apparent interest/amusement! Literally just watching them punch eachother... and then when one 'lost' he fled rink and the game resumed. What the heck?! haha, apparently Canadians have a really relaxed attitude to violence in Ice Hockey games, and for some that is the major attraction of going to see a match. So that will be interesting!
After 3 nights in the hostel (so it will be Sunday 31st), we're taking the Banff Airporter shuttle to Canmore where we'll be picked up by the Camp and finally reach Camp Chief Hector! We get a week of training before being in charge of the kids, which is pretty darn scary. But so many people before me have done it, so it is do-able. Just a challenge to rise to, I guess!
I've given myself a deadline of FRIDAY to be almost fully packed by! No doubt I will ignore this as usual, but I'm hoping to get it pretty much sorted by then. Just bought some amazing Mountaneering pants (sorry, trousers) for half price! So excited to wear those bad boys... complete with braces and everything! Those who know me, know that the smallest things make me happy, and the smallest things make me sad! Which is why these next 7 months are going to be the (sorry cliché) biggest rollercoaster ever. I'm so not mentally prepared, but I'm just gonna go for it and make it the best experience I possibly can!
This will probably the last blog I write here in England before I go, so goodbye everyone! I'm going to miss you all so much. Keep me updated with your lives on facebook! For those who do, could you pray that I'll be able settle in to camp life, and that I get on well with fellow workers...thank you.