Pre-Christmas Catch Up

It’s been a while, but I think it’s time for a bit of a catch up before 2017 peaces out.

The last month or two have been so busy, but busy with lots of fun and work.

First up on the fun events list was celebrating Callie’s birthday up at Sun Peaks. She booked a gorgeous condo up there and we stayed for 2 nights. It was such a great and relaxing weekend. I love spending time up at the ski hill…and maybe one day I’ll actually get back into snowboarding again.

Sun Peaks

We had so much yummy food, lots of cranberry Moscow mules and wine, and plenty of chit-chat!

Here’s the link for the drinks we made, I used this more-so just as a guide and kind of eyeballed the measurements. One suggestion is letting it sit in the fridge for a little while and use real limes, made it taste so good!

Sun Peaks Sun Peaks

Sunday morning we headed down the hill and did the annual Homes for the Holidays event. Not gonna lie…I think this year was not so great and Ash and I may have bailed after only a few places.

Sun Peaks

Next up was my work Christmas party. I loooove a Christmas party and this year we did a multi-company party that was so much fun. The food was delish and the music was great. We spent the night dancing and it was the perfect way to start December!

Christmas Party December Christmas Party

Since the beginning of December I’ve been pretty flat out with work. I did get to go on a quick overnight trip to Kelowna for the Jim Jeffries comedy show. That was a lot of fun and we stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb right by the lake.

December Kelowna

I can’t believe how close Christmas is already…I know I say it every year but holy crap, 2017 has flown by. I have some exciting plans coming up for 2018 and I am really looking forward to the new year.

 

In and Out of Melbourne

My round trip of Australia ended up back in Melbourne. This time I was flying in solo and wasn’t meeting anyone so I needed to sort out how to get from the airport to the Airbnb I had booked by myself. It actually turned out to be super easy! I took the airport transfer, SkyBus. You can buy your tickets right outside of the Arrivals door of the Melbourne airport and it leaves every 10-20 minutes. It cost $18 but since the airport is a ways out of town I thought it was worth it. I got off at the Southern Cross Station and decided to just grab an Uber to my Airbnb. If I had known how close it was I probably would’ve tried to figure out the bus but Uber was way easier especially with my heavy backpack and assorted other bags I’ve gained along the way.

Melbourne Flight

Beautiful day flying into Melbourne!

This was my first experience with Airbnb and it was pretty good. The host was home when I got there and super welcoming. It was in a really good spot and super close to public transit which I definetly took advantage this time while in town. What I didn’t like about it was I felt like I was in someone else’s space and didn’t want to bother them. While I was there and they were home I spent most of the time in my bedroom, I’m sure they wouldn’t have minded me being around, they’ve hosted lots of people, but I just didn’t want to get in their way. I would totally use Airbnb again but I think that I would probably try and get a whole place rather than just a bedroom. It is really nice to not be staying in a hotel though so I do like that aspect a lot.

If you’re interested in trying out Airbnb yourself sign up via this link and we both get a $30 credit when you stay somewhere your first time!

Amazing building that houses the Immigration Museum in Melbourne

Amazing building that houses the Immigration Museum in Melbourne

When I got to Melbourne I started doing some job interviews and I actually found an apartment to rent but once I got all that set up I started getting really anxious and homesick and wasn’t sure that I was making the right decision about settling down there. I missed my friends and family and I wasn’t sure how much longer I wanted to be away from everyone. I started looking at flights home but then I remembered that two of my best friends were in New Zealand, and that flight was a heck of a lot shorter than a flight all the way back to Canada. So Saturday afternoon I texted my friend and by 6:30 Saturday evening I was flying to New Zealand to meet him! I felt better right when he picked me up at the airport, sometimes you just need that connection of someone you’ve known for a long time to reassure you about yourself!

I would love to tell everyone travelling by themselves that sometimes you really have to evaluate how you’re feeling. It is hard to travel by yourself and anyone who tells you otherwise must be super mentally tough or the happiest person ever 365 days a year. There will be times when you feel lonely or missing the familiar comforts, but in the end it’s totally worth it. Doing this trip alone is probably both the hardest and also most rewarding thing I’ve done. I’ve learned how strong of a person I am and that I can do anything that I set my mind to, I’ve also learned that I do need some reassurance from the people I love and that I need to be conscious of when I’m feeling a bit down and spend some time taking care of myself!

So in the end it was a quick trip back to Melbourne, just three nights, and now I’m in Christchurch, New Zealand. Trying to figure out where I’m going to head to next and what I want to do. That’s one of the exciting things about this trip, I can realistically go wherever I want, whenever!

 

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