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First Big Trip!!

Getting ready to go.

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Hello Everyone!

Coming up at the Beginning of 2013, I will be starting my big adventure. I've been to Africa and South America before, but I have never been away from home for as long as I am about to be, 7.5 months!

The first part of my trip will be backpacking around Europe for 5.5 weeks. If you have any suggestions for things to do in the following cities, please let me know :)

Paris
Amsterdam
Berlin
Munich
Bern
Nice
Venice
Rome

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January isn't the best time to go backpacking around Europe, but I have the time now and the money, so I figured I might as well do it because I don't know when I will have the chance again. Winter is my favourite season at home in Vancouver, so I'm hoping that it will carry over to Europe too!

After my adventure in Europe, I will be going to Turkey to be a Nanny for 6 months. I'll be in Antalya, which is in the South of Turkey, right on the Mediterranean Sea! I'm so excited.

I don't leave until the end of December, but I have been preparing since the summer. All of my flights are booked, and I got my Eurorail Pass in the mail the other day! I still have some purchases to make, but otherwise I'm almost ready! As the day gets closer I get more excited, but I also get more nervous.

I want to do something like the Travelocity Gnome thing where I have a stuffed animal or something that I bring with me and take pictures with it infront of major monuments everywhere I go. I'll post those pictures as well as all my other pictures on here :) If you have any suggestions for what it should be, let me know!

I've never been good at journalling/blogging, but I am going to do my absolute best to post every week once I leave, preferably twice a week. I realize how valuable it is, especially for my family and friends. It will stop me from having to repeat the same story over and over again when I talk to individual people!

That's it for now! I need to start thinking about Christmas too!

Happy Holidays!

Jess

Posted by Jess McElroy 16:28 Archived in Canada

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