Monday, 24 June 2013

Toronto bound...

So after a lot of years of thinking about it, debating it, making excuses and always promising that 'one day' I’d do it, that time has finally come -  I’m going to become a hobo, wanderer, call it what you want…I’m off to see the world!

Anyone who has known me for a while will understand this has been an itch I’ve needed to scratch for a very long time. Although relegated to the back burner by lifes events and other things taking over, it has always been there niggling away in the back of my mind and a number of things have happened recently that have made me realise that there’s never been a better time to go and do it. So I am.

I’ve quit my job, got rid of everything that won’t fit in a backpack and booked a flight and tomorrow I fly to Canada…Toronto to be exact. Why Toronto? Because it’s a city I love, it has a buzzing arts & music scene and until now I’ve only ever experienced it in the dead of winter when minus 15 degrees was as warm as it got. I hear the weather right now is pretty good though, so it’ll be a nice place to relax for the summer and work out where I want to go next.

My plans? I don’t have any. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited a number of places over the last few years and the one thing that always gives me itchy feet more than anything else is meeting people who are ‘just wandering’. I’ve lost track of the number of conversations I’ve had with people in hostels who have no plans and are just going with the flow and seeing where they end up. That’s exactly what I want to do. Plans and itineraries mean constraint, working to a timetable, disappointment and a sense of missing something if plans go awry i.e. everything I want to get away from. No plans = no expectations = more spontaneity = more adventures.

So it’s Canada first, starting with some time chilling out in Toronto, enjoying the sun, catching up with friends and seeing some live music, and then north to the Lakes and hopefully east to Nova Scotia before heading for Mexico in the late autumn in time to visit the monarch butterfly reserves. And after that, who knows…

I’ll be adding some little anecdotes on here along the way, along with some photos so check back from time to time to see what I’ve been up to and no doubt what crazy situations I’ve got myself into!

Caroline x

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