My friend Stephanie and I did some blogging back and forth over the summer- see her latest entry below!
I’m going to start off by saying that I traveled for 37 days and will not be giving details of it. Honestly it’s a special memory that I want to keep between myself and the 46 other people I was traveling with. There were ups and downs and moments that will stay in those countries. But what I will write about is how appreciative I am for this decision.
Before booking my trip I was hoping to meet up with friends and do exploring on our own which meant that I had a different Contiki trip planned. Although I am upset that I couldn’t travel with my friends it meant that I would select a different trip which is longer and goes through more counties, and meet the most amazing people in the world. Before this trip I enjoyed my alone time, now I am changing my plans to be back with my new crazy friends. I can’t stop talking to them and I can’t stop reminiscing on the last 37 days that changed my life.
Not only did it change my life but it changed who I am. I am still “mum” (yes that has changed because I’ve been with too many Australian and Kiwis lately), I still care more than I should but now I am putting myself first and making irrational decisions that allow me to enjoy life to the fullest. I have learned to love, which is why I am heartbroken. I fell in love with 46 people (give or take) and I had to say goodbye to them. Our last night was for sure rowdy, so much so that I wasn’t prepared to say goodbye and stayed on the bus and missed my flight to see my family. Instead I went out to dinner and said goodbye, went to McDonalds for breakfast (because we are a lost bunch without our tour manager) and said goodbye, had a sleepover and said goodbye and I’m still not done. I have made plans to say goodbye one last time!
This group was so close and caring. There was never a person left behind at the club, and there was never a person who felt alone. I will tell one story. It’s about me and explains how wonderful this group is. One night in Florence I didn’t eat and drank too much so much so that I don’t remember most of the night and was told what I did the next morning. I ran out the emergency exit and instead of being left out in a strange city, drunk and alone. Some of the guys argued with the bouncer to chase after me and make sure I was okay. A kind soul of a girl from the group saw me and ran to help me. She and a few other walked me to cab but since I couldn’t keep it down, the taxi driver refused service. So two of the group members walked me around the block to find another cab driver and distracted him the whole way home. Nope, it doesn’t end there. I was given a motivational speech to put myself first because well I’m not going to mention why. But I had my roommates and a sweet gentleman taking care of me and making sure I was okay before passing out. Apparently it was a funny night for them. Too bad that will never happen again. I do not like not having control over my actions. But the moral of the story is that I am beyond grateful for my group and this is just one example.
It is now my mission to go to Australia and New Zealand to see these lovely humans again. As for the Canadians, were best friends and were going to travel down under together! Side note. I may be coming home with a few new phrases because I hung out with a group who have different word for everything. Such as an ice block...it’s a f*ck popsicle!
As my last words I will quote two songs that got us through this trip. But before that. I 100% suggest looking into Contiki. As I mentioned before I quit my perfect job for this trip and I would do it over in a heartbeat!! It memories that will last a lifetime, it’s friendships from all over the world, it’s knowledge on history, and it’s discovering yourself!
From now on
There's no looking back
Full steam ahead
On this one way track
From this day forward
I will make promise
To be true to myself
And always be honest
For the rest of my life
I will do what's right
I will do what's right
When I step out on the
Out on the verge of the rest of our lives tonight
Top of the world and we're dressed to the nines tonight
Edge of the earth and we're touching the sky tonight
Out on the verge of the rest of our lives
What a wonderful phrase
Ain't no passing craze
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
Yeah, sing it, kid!
It's our problem-free philosophy