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Vacation Getaway: Mykonos, Greece

991875_10152888512640032_103821162_oFor my 21st birthday last June, I decided to spend all my savings and spend my special week in the Greek Islands with one of my closest friends. I want to share how we decided to spend a week in paradise on a Student/Young Adult’s Budget.

 

992084_10152890771500032_1681640773_oMy friend from North America booked last minute tickets (like a two weeks before my birthday) and flew to Manchester, England where I met him. His flight cost $400 from Toronto (YYZ) to Manchester direct with Air Transat. This is my first tidbit of advice. Never fly directly to your vacation destination, especially when a direct flight to the greek islands could cost double or triple that price! Heck, make a trip to London from Manchester, since $400 is such a bargain to explore more of that side of the world. I always suggest looking at skyscanner.com when comparing flights! You can get a flight from Manchester to Mykonos for under $300 with EasyJet.com during the summer time! So instead of forking over $1500+ to go to the Greece islands, take a detour with two flights for only $700. BAM! Much savings.

 

HOSTEL

We arrived early June for the best beach weather a Canadian could ever ask for. We stayed at an amazing hostel that was close to the popular spot on the island for shopping, drinking, clubbing, eating, and a beautiful water view. Our hosts at the hostel were the nicest people I have ever stayed with. I highly recommend you stay at Villa Vasilis if you choose to stay at a hostel in Mykonos. Maria and her husband will pick you up from the airport and drive you back as well. They were very accommodating and two of the sweetest people I have met. My friend’s also recommend Mama’s Pension for another awesome hostel.

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Just a 30 mins walk or 3 mins quad bike down to the water front


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My friend and I decided to rent a quad bike (Four-wheeler) for 15 euros a day by a bike shop down by the beach which was the cheapest and easiest way to get around the island. If you plan to explore the big island of Mykonos, which I highly suggest you do, then rent a quad bike from one of the many rental places.

To travel to the other greek Islands (Santorini, Crete, etc.), then travel by boat cruise as this seems to be the cheapest way around the many islands. They can take up to 1-3 hours depending on what island you want to go to. And as always, it’s always cheaper to get a return ticket as oppose to one-way, unless you plan to island hop!

 

                                                         BEACHES

mykonosWe spent most of our time on the beaches relaxing, drinking, and basking in the sunshine overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The two main beaches closest to our accommodation were Paradise Beach (Kalamopodi) and Super Paradise Beach (Plintri). Both beaches attract young crowds due to its 24 hour music and its day and night parties. Beware that there are parts of the beach that are nudiest friendly, so don’t be afraid if you start seeing young or old people laying on the beach without clothes on. Brace yourself if you are new to the whole european experience and maybe try something you’ve never been able to experience in your home country. It can be liberating. We also rode our quad bike to Elia, which tamer with a more mature crowd and quieter.

The sand was a little bit more rougher, and felt like unnatural sand. However, it was still a great place to rest and relax. Afterwards, we checked out the beaches on the other side of the island. We were recommended to check out Panormos and I’m glad we stopped, because it was my favourite beach of them all. Loud music and partying is fun, but relaxing by a more secluded lake surrounded by tall landscapes made it the most relaxing beach we went too. Panormos was definitely more family-friendly as no one there was nude (at least I don’t think).

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Honestly, because we both wanted to save money on food, my friend and I either bought food from the grocery stores, or ate the most delicious gyros I have ever eat for like 3 euros (lunch & dinner – they were that good).

On the other hand, there’s also amazing Greek Salads or fresh seafood from a variety of restaurants by the waterfront.

However, just keep in mind in your budget as most of a traveller’s money goes towards expensive tastes and alcohol.

 

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One of my personal highlights of Mykonos was their shopping district that was open from early afternoon until 2am when drunk people leave the clubs. That’s right. You heard me. Louis Vuitton is open extremely late, among other ritzy stores, in Mykonos; way past what us North Americans would consider normal store hours. Basically, many stores would still be open until the early morning when you wanted to leave a club, because many drunk people would want to buy things intoxicated, and probably have regrets the next morning with that hangover and visa bill for those Louis Vuitton shoes that don’t actually fit you. So be careful if you do plan to drink. Don’t shop when you are intoxicated.

 

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The Most Beautiful Sunsets

If you are a fan of sunsets, then Mykonos will become your favourite place in the entire world. The sunsets around the Greek Islands are by far the most beautiful sunsets I have, or ever will see. The Greek Islands are still my #1 Top Choice for Best Sunsets unless I get proven otherwise. Therefore, if you get those feels when you are watching a sunset over the Mediterranean Sea while you are sitting on a patio drinking your favourite cold beverage, then visit Mykonos.

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Honestly, If I was going to recommend anyone who is looking for a completely relaxing, yet exciting vacation in Europe on a budget, then I would without a doubt choose the Greek Islands; making your first stop in Mykonos.

~Ryan

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Next Stop: Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

If I can only say one thing; it would be:
EXPERIENCE OKTOBERFEST AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME.”

You can even quote me on that.

If you want to learn how to survive your first Oktoberfest experience in Germany, click here.

So you want to hear about all the crazy things that happen while I was in Munich, Germany for the weekend experiencing Oktoberfest?

Well… where do I begin.

DAY 1

After spending a marvellous couple of days in Edinburgh with my friend Savannah, we left Scotland behind and flew with Ryanair to Germany!
(If you want to know how I survived Ryanair – aka the cheapest airline company ever – click here)

We arrived in the afternoon an hour outside of Munich in a town called Memmingen. Basically, if you’re flying to Munich with Ryanair, you’ll end up here; in the middle of nowhere. We took the airport bus to the train station for 3 euros and took the one-hour train ride into Munich. I’ve come to realize that your only source of long-distance transportation in Germany are trains; don’t count on the cheap bus rides, as there aren’t any buses that will take you to far places. (Check out my blog on how to survive in Germany above).

As we hopped onto the train, all you can hear is the sudden noises of cans cracking open and the strong smell of german beer; not to mention men in lederhosens and women in busting, tight, coloured oktoberfest dresses. This became an enjoyable (yet extremely crowded) ride to Munich; especially with all the drunken singing.

We finally arrived in Munich (also spelt München) to a train station that was packed with people; conscious and unconscious. Oh the joys of Oktoberfest.
After a large amount of time spent trying to find a place with free wi-fi for me to use google maps for directions; we came to a complete dead-end. Night was starting to set and the nearest Starbucks didn’t have wi-fi (or at least maybe it didn’t work). We decided to get food from a grocery store, and then began a nightly search for a place with free wi-fi (My iPhone doesn’t work outside of the UK). Savannah and I ended up getting separated for some time with no way of contacting each other, and as I was about to give up on the search for her, I came across a wi-fi working Starbucks with her in it. Phew!

After getting correct directions to use the subway station (we weren’t sure if we should take the bus, train, subway, or tram once we got to Munich), we hoped on the subway and found our way to our accommodations late within the night. We were drained and didn’t want to leave the house once we finally found our way there. However, we realized that we hadn’t eaten dinner, so our hosts let us borrow their bikes, and we biked to the nearest restaurant to have our first German dinner; it was delicious.

We drove the bikes around the neighbourhood after dinner, and came to realize that we were actually in Germany. And realized that we were going to be at Oktoberfest. It was a very surreal moment as we biked through the neighbourhoods in the outskirts of Munich at night; it became a great evening once we were able to relax and enjoy the moment of where we were, and what we were going to experience this weekend.

DAY 2

Savannah and I decided to sleep in, as opposed to getting up at the crack of dawn for three reasons: 1) We were extremely tired from flying, traveling and all the added stress that came with it 2) We decided that we were going to spend half the day actually exploring the city of Munich and visiting all the tourist places as well as seeing all the must-see sights and 3) The guys that we were staying with all worked at Oktoberfest so we never had to wait in line to get into the beer tents. BAZINGA!!

The guys lent us there bikes again for the day, and told us exactly what we should see, experience and explore with our limited time in Munich. So, we began our journey by biking through Munich: WHO DOES THAT?! We do, and I’m so happy we were given the opportunity to bike through the beautiful city of Munich. If you can do it, then I would recommend it to anyone. It was the perfect way to see the city and all its beauty. The bike ride was about 40 mins (including traffic at the time, as well as the fact that we had limited knowledge to where we were going), but eventually, we reached our destination.

Oh! Did I even mentioned the weather? It was early October and it was 24°C and sunny. YEAH, SUMMER WEATHER (well at least for Canadians). I could not believe how beautiful the weather was, along with how beautiful the city was during the autumn season. I don’t know if I can express how much of an amazing feeling it was to ride freely through the summer weather, yet colourful autumn setting that had fallen upon the city of Munich that beautiful october morning.

We reached our first destination, which was the spectacular and gorgeous building located in what is called: Marienplatz; which is basically the central square in the city centre of Munich. I would recommend that this be your first place to visit if you come to Munich; it’s beautiful.
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After seeing the historical buildings around marienplatz,such as city hall, and walk around a little, our next stop on our self-served tour guide was a really interesting farmers market called Viktualienmarkt. There was lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods available to buy, as well as Oktoberfest-themed foods, beverages and souvenirs!

We ventured back towards Marienplatz and waited in line outside the Saint Peter Church (or SanktPeter or Alter Peter; it has a bunch of names). Basically, you pay 1 euro and you have access to climb to the very top of this church, and the view from the top is UNBELIEVABLE. On a clear day like it was that day, you can actually see The Alps. The view of the city was spectacular. If you don’t believe me, just see for yourself. Hopefully my pictures do it some justice.

 

After the 306 steps up to the top, and 306 back down to the bottom, Savannah and I walked further away from city centre to another city square called Odeonsplatz. It was named after a former concert hall and was now home to a very musical scene. There was a music festival/show going on for local musicians and bands. The buildings surrounding the square were very stunning.

After making a few stops to grab food, visit the Munich apple store, and see a few more buildings, we eventually followed the crowd of drunken lederhosen-wearing people towards Oktoberfest. If you don’t know what Oktoberfest is, it’s basically a 16-day festival during late September to the first week of October, in which the germans celebrate an amazing invention: beer.

With such beautiful summer weather on the second last day of the festival, Oktoberfest was packed! I swear, there were millions of people; sober, half-sober and wasted. It was a glorious sight to have witnessed. With my surprise, there wasn’t just beer tents and beer gardens; there were amusement park rides, games, and so much more! It was literally like a huge amusement park! There were children, babies, elderly people, and just people of all different ages and ethnicity’s. (Not to mention little babies in lederhosen’s, which were the most adorable things ever).

We made it to our first beer tent by about 4:30pm and didn’t have to wait in line because the guys we were staying with worked in the beer gardens. The name of our tent was Bräurosl, where they served HackerPschorr beer; and boy was it good. I’m not the biggest fan of most beers, but this beer was so smooth and tasted so pure; you could almost drink it like it was water, it was that good. Not to mention the fact that the Oktoberfest beer is 2% stronger in alcohol than normal beer percentages and served in 1 litre beer mugs called steins. In addition, 1 litre of beer is equivalent to 3 normal sized cans/bottles of beer. Each beer went for about 9.40 euros, but you usually gave a 10 euro bill as you wanted to tip the people well so that they serve you again. 


In our surrounding table, we met some italians and turkish people, as well as became good friends with some germans! We spent the whole evening with them, talking, drinking and teaching us more about Oktoberfest, Munich and the german language. It was a great evening and I limited myself to only 2 Litres of Oktoberfest beer (2 steins) as I forgot that we would have to bike home in the pitch black through the unfamiliar streets of Munich. That was a journey and a half. We eventually made it home and found the buzzed ride home enjoyable and extremely relaxing; again, it was feeling like a wonderful summer’s night.

 

DAY 3

We woke up at a decent time and found that the beautiful, sunny, warm weather had vanished, and sudden, cold, rainy, october weather had taken its place instead. Savannah and I were not going to let the weather rain down our parade… I mean… festive activities.

 
We took the train into Munich and arrived at Oktoberfest before noon. The crowd wasn’t as packed as yesterday (thanks weather), and seeing as how it was the last day of Oktoberfest, the atmosphere felt more relaxed and mellow. Savannah and I decided to pick up a few souvenirs now, before the beer took control of us and could have potentially forgot about getting some; fair enough.

Afterwards, we decided to venture into our first beer tent of the day, which was called Hofbrau Festzelt. The beer was average, but the tent was much more lively and crowded with so many international people. We met some really nice Italians that didn’t know barely any English, and saw an old german man finish his 10th stein of beer of the day (and it was noon). I had much respect for that old man.
Cheers to the drunken old german man!

 Making our rounds, we came across some really cool Brits, who at first kept calling us Americans, even though you told them numerous times that we were Canadian. One guy said that Canada was apart of America and that he had been teaching geography for 10 years. They were pulling our legs hardcore but Savannah and I were starting to get aggravated because we thought they weren’t joking. They were completely pulling our legs and we came to realize how nice and funny they actually were. They told us that they were all part of a group for one of the guys’ bachelor party. If I ever get married, I want my bachelor party at Oktoberfest; hands down. We also met a South Korean, who pretended he was from South Korea, but was actually from Austria, and a professional chef; he was also very funny and nice. There were just so many genuinely nice people at Oktoberfest & everyone was just there for a good time.


After a good amount of time in the Hofbrau Festzelt beer tent, Savannah wanted to go on the Ferris wheel; I did not. As a waited for Savannah to go on her ride, I sat there and just watched the people; watched how much joy and laughter this one festival brought to everyone. It was a very surreal moment. I was also laughing  consistently over all the drunken people falling, tripping, and making complete fools of themselves; it was a grand ole time!

As the evening began to approach, Savannah and I decided to go back to our favourite tent that we had gone to the very first night. The atmosphere was incredible and the beer was fantastic. We ordered a chicken dinner, which I highly recommend when you go to Oktoberfest. It’s a tad expensive, but completely worth it. It was the juiciest, freshest, and most delicious chicken I have ever had (sorry mom)!

 After a few more litres of beer, a giant pretzel and some crazy table dancing, the night was coming to an end. At the end of the very last night of Oktoberfest, there is something that happens in the tents that is one of the most magical and awe-inspiring moments I have ever witnessed. Basically, they shut off all the lights in the tent, and every person is given a light, and as a trumpet plays this happy and majestic tune, thousands and thousands of people raise there hands with these lights and sway back and forth. It was almost like being at your favourite rock concert, except better, because it was Oktoberfest.


Of course, the night wouldn’t have been complete without everyone coming together, singing and drinking to the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Savannah and I spent that whole evening with an amazing german couple who lived in Munich. They were a happy, and loving married couple that were a joy to have around, talk with, and share such a remarkable night with.

If only I could have frozen time and stayed there for a little bit longer; it was an amazing experience and highly believe that everyone should at least experience once in their lifetime.


Sleep deprivation, cuts from broken beer glass and moments of feeling infinite; Oktoberfest was a moment I’ll never forget. Good beer, great friends and an experience to cross off my bucket list! Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

~Ryan

P.s. Also check out Savannah’s blog for her experience & photos of Oktoberfest here.

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How To Survive Oktoberfest In Germany

Tip #1 – Wear checkered shirts if you want to blend in.
A checkered shirt of any colour! The majority of the men wear them with the traditional lederhosens, and the woman wear checked pattern shirts/dresses at Oktoberfest. Don’t buy any traditional Oktoberfest outfits unless you plan to come back again, regularly, or have the cash to afford them; they’re quite expensive to wear for a weekend.

Tip #2 – If you visit the city centre of Munich, you need to visit Old Peter Church!
You have to pay 1 euro to go up to the very top of the church tower and you can have an entire view of Munich! As well as the Alps on a beautiful day that we were lucky to have! It was so worth the 310 steps we had to climb to get to the top! Magnificent view!


Tip #3 – Most of the streets in Munich end with StraBe and instead of pronouncing B, you actually pronounce the s sounds.
The B is actually a “double s”! This is useful if you are trying to look for a street and ask a local where “HofbrunnstraBe” street by replacing the B sound with a double S sound; they may look at you funny or look confused when you ask them where Hofbrunnstrabe is and not Hofbrunnstrasse (speaks with fake German accent).

Tip #4 – If you get the opportunity to ride bikes through Munich, do it!
Munich is one of the few cities in Germany that have created bicycle paths within the city limits, so you don’t have to worry about getting hit my cars; most of the time! Riding through the city is beautiful and an amazing opportunity to see the city.


Tip #5 – Maybe I have just gotten use to driving on the left side of the road, but I was surprised to see that the vehicles drive on the right side of the road, as they do in North America. I think I just assumed that the rest of Europe drives on the left side of the road; but they don’t. So that’s a good tidbit of information.

Tip #6 –
If you don’t like the taste of beer, then order a drink called a Radler.
Basically, its beer and lemonade mixed together, and it tastes extremely good. Typically, its designated for woman who don’t like the taste of beer, and can tolerate it with the mixture of lemonade. I’m being honest when I say that it tastes good; so don’t NOT go to Oktoberfest because you don’t like beer; they have other options, often tastier ones.

Tip #7 – It’s extremely useful if you know some of the German language seeing as how most things are in German and not English. You would think that a vast amount of things would be in English, but it isn’t.

Tip #8 – If you get lost, or need help find places, ask younger individuals; as opposed to elderly people, even if they look like they can be of help.
Most older people who I came across didn’t know an ounce of English, nor were they nice enough to help English folk out. Avoid old people and ask for help from people your age.


Tip #9 – In terms of Transportation, Ryanair seems to be the cheapest way of flying to Munich, Germany (outskirts, remember), and taking the train into the city centre. My ticket from Edinburgh, Scotland to Munich, germany (including round-trip) was £100 and it was a last-minute trip. *Ryanair is not sponsoring me in any way; this is my personal opinion on saving money. From the airport to the train station, use the website for the Germany train system (http://www.bahn.de/) and take a train into Munich. This seems to be the cheapest way into Munich.

 

In terms of cheap accommodations and without using hostels, or couch-surfing, I would recommend using Airbnb to find a place to stay the night. Great customer service and excellent prices.

Tip #10 – Other places in Munich to visit include: Marienplatz, Alter Peter, Odeonsplatz, Old Town hall, Viktualienmarket and basically exploring the rest of the area around these beautiful locations. However, the highlight of the trip should revolve around Oktoberfest.

P.s. Although it’s called Oktoberfest, the festival actually begins in Late September and ends the first week of October.

~Ryan


Check out my other blogs here:

Next Stop: OKTOBERFEST in Munich, Germany

How I Survived Ryanair

Next Stop: EDINBURGH, Scotland

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Next Stop: Edinburgh, Scotland!

Thanks to the hundreds (and possibly thousands) of sheep that kept me busy counting on my 5 hours bus ride to Edinburgh, I finally made it!

Savannah, my Queens friend who is studying her year abroad in Edinburgh, met me at the bus station at 6:30pm and we began our journey through Edinburgh to her lovely flat. My phone died as soon as I arrived to Edinburgh, and was only able to take one picture outside the bus station, and to be completely honestly, I had no idea what it said at first.

Wanna buy a consonant, anyone? Apparently you can’t choose the letter S, T, or B.

We ended my first night in Edinburgh with a lovely, and extremely delicious home-cooked stir fry (Savannah is a masterchef), and got caught up with each others lives over a nice, cold pint.


DAY 2

Savannah had a few classes during the day and I slept in; once she got home we headed out to check out what Edinburgh was all about!

Beautiful weather and magnificent architecture! The city was filled with so many buildings and views that were breathtaking. As we walked around the city, it did the expected; it rained… but only for a good 5 mins and then it was nothing but sun for the rest of the day!

We came to Greyfriars Bobby, which is a very tourist-ie sight. Basically, the historical story goes as follows: Back in the day, the original owner passed away and his dog wouldn’t leave his side or grave for the longest time; truly man’s best friend. They keep the restaurant open in memory of him and have a statue of the dog nearby! If you touch the statue of the dog, it’s suppose to bring you good luck! 🙂

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Afterwards, we passed by the “Famous” Elephant House where J.K. Rowling use to go and write; it was named “The Birthplace” of Harry Potter”. However, according to the locals, this is a false accusation. Apparently, J.K. Rowling did spend time in the Elephant House writing Harry Potter, but it wasn’t here; it was on the first floor of a place call spoons. (See picture below when I finally came around to visiting the actual birthplace, according to the locals). Scandalous.

I’m not totally sure which side of the story is true, buteither or, J.K. Rowling first began writing Harry Potter in the city where I was; and that’s super cool.

As we continued our journey through Edinburgh, Savannah took me through some really amazing places and gave me the non-tourist-ie look of the city; she showed me some really beautiful sights, as well as some of the places where she has classes and studies.

We got to “the royal mile” and made our way to the Edinburgh Castle. It was amazing! Definitely a sight to see in person.

We didn’t go in due to the fact that they charge £16 to get into the castle (what is with everything costing £16 to get in!?). We took the free train and just enjoyed the beautiful sights overlooking the city.

Typical Me; Updating my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Savannah and I then went shopping for a little bit because I needed more socks, especially some for our trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany that upcoming weekend. After we walked around the city some more, Savannah took me to Calton Hill, which is 10% of the effort up Arthur’s Belt, and possibly the place with the most breath-taking sights I have ever seen; completely worth the effort!
I’m showing you the next few pictures in full-size, because they are very much worth taking up most of the screen. 
Did I mention how beautiful Edinburgh is? Absolutely stunning.

On our way back into the city, we came to a very old cemetery where many historical people were buried. Savannah and I came across this one tombstone and realized that this man’s death date was the same day that we were visiting the cemetery; October 4th. Unlikely that anybody would visit him (as he passed away in 1875), Savannah left him a dandelion and we wished the good sir a happy deathday. What else do you say to a dead man on the day of his death?

We ventured back through the busy streets of Edinburgh and came to the “actual” birthplace of Harry Potter, where J.K. Rowling actually fathomed the idea of Harry Potter and began writing the first few chapters. Again, this is according to the locals. Weirdly enough, the owners of Spoon don’t like J.K. Rowling, and if someone mentions her name in the restaurant, they will apparently kick you out. I found this hard to believe, but didn’t want to test it out for myself. They still managed to have a plaque on the building with J.K Rowling on the front; this could all be a local myth for all I know.
 
Overall, an amazing day! I got to see some breath-taking views that I’ll never forget and finally got to explore Edinburgh, the capitol of Scotland!

~Ryan

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All Aboard! Next Stop. London, England.

If I could offer any sort of advice when it comes to moving away for a year, or just traveling in general… It would be to NOT PACK THE DAY BEFORE. Kinda obvious. However, not so obvious for this guy. I’m a last-minute kind of guy.

I had everything EVERYWHERE; All in neat, organized piles… just not packed into my luggage’s. Another piece fo advice when packing would be to buy SPACE BAGS. Basically they are these vacuum sealed bags (kinda like big Ziploc bags) that literally suck out all the air and unused and unnecessary space in your luggage’s. My friend Savannah mentioned to me over a Skype call and I thank her for doing so. They are a HUGE space saver, and in my case, life savour, as they made a lot more room available for more stuff to cram.

Overall, packing was fun. The stress of worrying about million other things, not so much. Along with packing, I had to make sure I had all the proper documentation ready for the UK agency border when I would finally land in the UK, as well as all my clothes, toiletries, electronics, electronic cords, power converters, and the list goes on and on.

My mother and her fiance drove me and my best friend Joey (who is accompanying me as well as traveling with me for the next week or so) to the Ottawa Airport. We went out for a very dinner, and came to realize that it would be my very last meal in Canada for a long time.

On the way to the airport, I met up with my dad who drove me the rest of the way in his mustang, for one last time… until next summer, of course. When we got to the airport, emotions and tears were in the air…port. As I had to say goodbye to my parents for one last time, things started to get emotional. We took some pictures before I left to catch my flight and said our farewells. Since I won’t be coming home for Christmas, this would be the last time they will see me until I flew back home next June.

Goodbyes, hugs, and kisses were given right before I entered the security gates leaving my parents behind. I know they’re happy & excited for me, but seeing there only child move away to another country for 9 months would be tough. I’m not an hour drive away anymore (how far my uni was from home), I’m literally a 7 hour flight away.

All in all, it was tough, but had to be done. It doesn’t even feel like I’m going to be gone for 9 months; it just feels like a trip. Get on an airplane and travel the UK for a bit, and come home…but things won’t be like that. I’ll be living in a whole different country for a long time, by my self, with nothing but Skype and Facebook to keep in contact with family & friends back home. I’m super excited, but I know it’ll be tough.

This journey will allow me to grow as an independent individual, and encounter a whole new experience that I would have never had if I didn’t apply for this school exchange.

As of now, I am currently waiting my airplane to start boarding passengers, and I can’t wait to begin a whole new life, in a whole new country.

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