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Countdown begins...

Whose idea was this again?

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12 days to go! Thank God for Christmas is all I can say - preparing for that is distracting me from the hundreds of butterflies (that seem to be breeding at an alarming rate!) in my tummy.

I suppose it helps that I can't wait to finish work! Just two days left and I'm free. The thought of not having to come back in here on 03 Jan like all the other suckers (sorry, I dont really mean that ) is uplifting to say that least!

I am a little regretful maybe that I didnt give myself a week on the other side of Christmas to get organised and relax before heading off. It's been a hectic few months recently and now its going to be a hectic Christmas saying goodbyes, packing, and all the rest of it.

I'm having all the usual doubts - Did I do the right thing? Am I nuts? WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING ACTUALLY???!! I'M NOT BRAVE!, etc..etc.. but I'm hoping everyone goes through these and they just disppear pretty quickly.

So, to New York first. And now there's an all out transport strike I hear! YIKES! Not liking the sound of that! I'm all set to go with my subway map that Anne sent me! Fingers crossed that gets sorted quickly.

Lima next 3 days later. This is where it all gets a bit scary....

Sometimes I wish I was a boy!

Posted by samsara_ 02:34 Archived in Ireland Tagged round_the_world Comments (4)

Sigh of Relief


Well, thank god that's over and done with!

I finally mustered the courage yesterday evening to tell one of my bosses (the nice one) that I'm not coming back after Christmas. I thought he was going to take it badly, but he was actually quite good about it.

He did say that I'm leaving at a bad time, right in the middle of a project, but he was glad with such early notice because he said they can really prepare for the project with that in mind.


He didn't think a year's sabbatical was feasible, though, but I'm not really bothered about that anyway. It looked better to ask for it, more than anything.

I told him that I wasnt planning on giving official notice to my other boss (yes, that fecker!):( for another month or so, but he wants me to tell him as soon as possible. Ugh!

So, a weight has been lifted. :) I know I was silly for dreading it, but I just hate giving my notice. I still have 4 long months to go, but at least they know now...

Lying in bed last night, one thing hit me.....

Now, that this is all becoming a reality....

I reeeeeeallly need to start saving!!!!!!!!!

Posted by samsara_ 02:03 Archived in Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)


Watch out NZ!


Just got a call from VISA FIRST to say that my visa for New Zealand has been approved! Hurray!

I can't wait to live in this country, I've been looking forward to seeing it for such a long time, and I'm thrilled now that I dont have to rush around doing tourist things in a short time.

I think I'll try and get a job in Wellington first - because Fiona said so It sounds like a good spot!
While I'm there, I'm going to get my claws into one of the nice rugby players, and then trick him into marrying me, so that I can stay in New Zealand forever. Good plan, eh? ;)

After Wellington, I might go south to Queenstown for 6 months and explore the South Island.

I'm so excited!!!!

Posted by samsara_ 08:46 Archived in Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (1)



Just booked an appointment for my travel vaccs. Ugh!

Not for a while yet though..:)

Pretty happy too, just found out I get 15% off as VHI member. Happy days!

Posted by samsara_ 08:11 Archived in Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (2)

Everything's falling into place!

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The ball is really rolling now! I just went looking for a bit of simple information on how to apply for my NZ visa, and 10 mins later I've got it! :)

Just have to hear back from them but I'm assured there shouldnt be any problem, and they took my credit card details...(I was a bit iffy handing those over..but I suppose its the same thing as giving them over the phone..)

Talk about effortless! I launched a chat window and an operator went through the process with me there and then. It couldnt have been easier. :) The company are called VISA First in case anyone is looking for info on Oz/Nz visas.

This time last week, I had nothing organised at all...now I seem to be on some sort of roll!

Posted by samsara_ 08:04 Archived in Ireland Tagged round_the_world Comments (2)

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