Ready To Go

I am finally ready to go. I have quit the job, sold the stuff, and said goodbyes. I am leaving in less than a week. My sister Trina will be driving me down to Calgary to catch my flight. I am still not really nervous but I get emotional some days thinking about what will come of all this. Everything in the planning for this trip has come so easily which just reminds me that I am on the right path. I hope to get any last minute errands done this week. I am still in search of the perfect shoe.

One thing that has been pretty universal when I talk to people about what I am doing is how “brave” I am. I don’t feel particularly brave. In fact, I think it would take more guts to stay here and try to survive in this rat race when it is so obvious that I am meant to be somewhere else right now.

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I love surprises – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Cort and Stacy greeted me at the airport and all of a sudden it was like I`d never left. I was not prepared for the gust of freezing air which all but knocked me over when I stepped outside. Winter is in full swing and it was a strangely cool feeling to hear the crunch of snow beneath my sandaled feet. read more

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When home is just another stop along the way – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

My dad lent me his car to do some running around and I was pleased to see that I had not forgotten how to drive, even in subzero temperatures with icy streets. The city itself had not changed a whole lot with the exception of a few new roads and stores. read more

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Stress Bisciuts – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Going home for just under a week was really a blast from the past. It`s like pushing a pause button because life just seems just as I left it. Minor adjustments here and there I suppose but overall, it really shook me into noticing how different I have been living for the past year and a half. I enjoyed the responsibilities and familiarity and creature comforts I used to have….for about 3 days. read more

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Jeopardy – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I wrapped up my loose ends on the weekend, sorting through and putting things in order for my departure…once again. I had some quality moments with my parents and close friends and even got a few job offers. But I was reminded again and again that I am still traveling. And although I was home, it was just a visit. read more

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Yes Ma`am – Dallas, Texas, United States

You know, it`s really good that I keep this journal…because it makes me consciously think about where I am. I have to located my country in the pop up list. Right. So just a quick note that I arrived in Dallas just fine.

It was late but I found a really great hotel to overnight in. And even tho it seems to be all business travellers (many pilots), I still had no problem finding conversation. Security is a bit higher because of the capture of Hussein but otherwise the flights are good. I saw one guy who had to remove his belt and shoes to get through the very thorough customs security. read more

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Just because you can, doesn`t mean you should – Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have come to the conclusion that so far airlines in America are my least favorite. “Pretzels and pop?” are just a step above bread and water when you are used to “Chicken or Fish?” Flew into Chicago after a snag with immigration. read more

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And Special Guest Star – Sister – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Merry Christmas (if you celebrate this holiday) and/or Happy Holidays!!

This is not your friendly, neighborhood Carmellaman here. Hello from me, Trina A.K.A Carmella`s sister. I am here to fill in her blog as she is too busy playing with nephews, watching T.V, sleeping, reading and drinking tea (gallons of it, I must mention). read more

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Mall Madness – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Christmas time at the shopping mall. Overwhelmingly busy with hundreds cruising around the packed mile wide spread, whipping around corners, narrowly missing the little old granny with the cane. And that was just the parking lot. read more

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Whats the difference between a waffle and falafel? – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Well, I am just about on my way out. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with my family and if I am going to be honest with myself, I really needed it. I had some really great talks which reminded me of the important things in life. I stocked up on hugs and cuddles from my nephews while they reminded me again and again how great it was to see me and how much they missed me. And they are still small enough for rides so I even got a little bit of exercise. read more

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