19 Apr Sleep? What Is That?
I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in about a week and a half.
Last Monday, I was beyond busy not only packing to move out of my sorority house, but racing to finish writing my last essay. It was the end of my undergraduate career.
Though for most, emotions would run high, I didn’t even have a second to think about it. The next day I prepared to head to NYC to start preparing for my new life there in September.
On Wednesday, my mom and I went to the city to start setting up the basics. I met the director of my grad school program who gave me tons of useful information, informed me that I was 1 of 115 students for next year between the ages of 22-50+ [eek], helped me pick my classes for Sept, and happened to introduce me to the entire board of directors for the program…no big deal? Haha.
I also set up an American bank account, began to scout out locations for my new apartment, and of course, did a little shopping. This trip wasn’t all business, though, as my mom and I decided to see a show! We hadn’t bought tickets to anything, but had heard there were special ways to get discount tickets to shows. Actually, we ended up hearing about the “Wicked Lottery.”
This lottery was to win front row tickets to the sold out show of Wicked on Broadway, for a really cheap price. You had to put your name in a draw a few hours before the show began. When we got there, there were about 15 people waiting for the draw so I figured we had a chance. About 20 minutes later, it had grown to a crowd of about 120 people, each putting their name into the draw. At that point, I was certain we wouldn’t win; they were only picking 13 names. To my luck, they called my name for the second last pair they were giving away. I was beyond ecstatic to win, especially after seeing the phenomenal the show.
Of course my luck reached its peaked when it was time to fly back to Toronto. The weather was terrible, with gusting winds and pouring rain, but, at the time, I didn’t think much of it. I never expected that our plane would be delayed because it couldn’t fly in that weather. My mom and I flew with Porter airlines, which on the way there, was unbelievable. The company was all around friendly, it had a nice lounge with free coffee and snacks, and the plane itself had ample leg room. Unfortunately, this airline owns a fleet of small airplanes, meaning in weather that we were experiencing on our last day…, when all the other large planes are flying, Porter airplanes were grounded. My mother and I were delayed 7 hours. Instead of getting on our flight for 6:30pm, we ended up flying at 1am, landing at an airport an hour away, bussing to downtown Toronto, and cabbing from there. I got into my bed at 430am.
I barely had any time to catch up on the sleep that I had missed from that flight debacle before we had more things to do; a small luncheon event, unpacking, and Passover dinners.
I’m still trying to catch up on sleep.
Doesn’t look like I will be getting much more sleep this week, however, as I am currently preparing for my trip to EUROPE!
Yes, I am leaving this Sunday night to head to London, England, to begin my month long adventure around the continent.
My friend Josh and I are starting in London [so that we can see the royal wedding!], right before we head to Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Frankfurt, Geneva, and then we finish off our trip in Israel so we can visit family!
Though it seems like over the past little while that I travel like it’s my job, I have never actually been to Europe. Actually, I’ve also never travelled without a suitcase…
Oh yeah…I am in fact BACKPACKING around Europe.
[Haha I know, right, me, backpacking? This should be interesting…]
…Ok, well we’re staying in hotels, not hostels [we’re not hostel type people] but I will be carrying my clothing and necessities in a backpack for a month!
That counts, right?
The most interesting part of packing will be my ostomy supplies. I have planned to fill at least ¼ of my backpack with supplies so that I can bring about 2 months’ worth, just in case. I really don’t want to be stranded in some foreign country without supplies… that could get messy haha….ew.
While we’re there, we’ll be sight-seeing, partying, and taking in all the culture in these countries have to give us. I will be taking tons and tons of pictures, unfortunately, I’m not sure how much access I’ll have to internet… Hopefully, I’ll have access so I can blog during the adventure.
[Josh isssss bringing his iPad.. I just have to convince him to let me use it!]
This trip is a go with the flow kind of trip so I really have no idea what’s going to happen.
That being said- if anyoneeee has any tips for me, ostomy related or not, I would LOVE to hear them. I have never ever ever EVER done a trip so unplanned and so “go with the flow” that I would love to be as knowledgeable as possible. [You know, I’d like to return to Canada alive and well…]
So, to anyone reading this, please help me with information onnnn:
- Traveling to Europe with an ostomy
- Backpacking for a month with an ostomy
- Good places to eat in these cities
- Functional, yet cheap, places to stay in these countries
- Sights we haveee to see
- Anything else you have to share 😀
Thanks so much guys, and wish me luck!