A Mixed Bag of Nuts

Friday, November 28, 2008
I was so happy this morning: positive football news AND I sold my old digital camera for the asking price. Sweet. Then, a rude woman jumped in front of me while waiting for the bus and took the seat I always sit in. What are the odds that on a mostly empty bus she would pick the EXACT seat? Grrrrrrrr. I’m also still feeling snarfly and I’m having a fat day. Work isn’t too busy which is both good and bad. It’s still up in the air as to how this day will turn out. I won’t hold my breath.

I woke up today (VERY EARLY once again) to cats crawling all over me, snuggling in beside me and purring in my ears. If they weren’t so darned cute and cuddly, I’d be a bit more upset about it. However, I also awoke thinking of my upcoming trip to England. I have no real plan per se, I have a general idea of what I want to see, I know where I’m staying, when I’m staying there and when I’m visiting two of the most fabulous bloggers ever created. Other than that, I’ll be winging it. This is a bit unheard of for me. I enjoy structure. Quite often I enjoy being told what to do, where I’m going and when I have to be there. This lack of structure is starting to worry me. However, it’s also a bit exhilarating. Me, all alone, in the big city, in a foreign country, with no one to lean on...I guess it’s all about being a grown up.

It’s funny; I used to have a friend that travelled a lot. She would jet off to exotic locales once every year or two and always on her own. Nairobi, Nepal, South America… and never had a set plan other than her plane ticket and a general idea of where she wanted to go or what she wanted to see and do. She was amazing to me: fearless, adventurous, and a tad bit bonkers. Now? That’s me. Oh sure, it’s London not Libya and I’ll be able to converse in my own language which is fortunate but it’s my baby-step. Who knows what the future will bring?

10 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

When I went to Toronto in January, it was my first time really travelling somewhere alone. And I LOVED it! You'll find your feet. Don't worry about structure or filling your time; you'll fill up your days easily enough. When you get to your hotel, ask the locals what they think you should see. It's always a good place to start.

Red said...

I'm sure any anxiety you have now about your trip will melt away the moment you land. As for the structure (I know what you mean. As a fellow Capricorn, I crave for it too), perhaps you could try and organize the sights you want to see by area. So, one day you could explore the City, for example, and related sights: St Paul's, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London. Another day, Trafalgar Square and surrounding areas, so the National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament etc...

Basically, decide on an area, travel there by Tube and then stick around that general neighbourhood all day. That way, you won't spend half your holiday in the Tube, going from one place to the next.

But I'm sure you've already organized yourself that way!

Gardenia said...

Oh, adventurous woman you are! I love it when I have someone to take me about, drive, and take care of me, but alas, most people see me as the great white hope and I am always the traveller in charge even though I've never been that way before. Ah, I see from Red's post, that this structure yearn might be a Capricorn thing. Our birthdays are all coming up, yes!

Must be the time of year - cats waking me up all night too - Big Mamma weasled up between us and put her head on my pillow and her arm (uh, leg) on my arm and purred herself to sleep - who can get mad?

May ALL your adventure dreams come true!

nwtrunner said...

I really like going places with no agenda - it's exhilirating. I've even done some multi-week trips where it was camping at night.

Just go where you feel is "right" each day - much fun can ensue!

Milla said...

The difference between you and me is that you have fat days, while I am just fat! So I sometimes have slim days.

And it is great to be in a foreign country, and even better when you don't speak the language: it's wonderful to observe how people react to you. Ah don't worry about London: with your great Canadian accent, everyone will love you!

The future will bring good things!

sp said...

That's so exciting. To go without structure so you can just wander around a neighbourhood and discover all of its uniqueness. I love travelling that way. You'll have an amazing time.

tweetey30 said...

You will be fine. I have faith in your destination and your trip. I hope you enjoy it when it comes along.. I know Red and Asterisk will be righ there to help you when needed.. I think you are seeing the two of them. I am assuming again and that is bad for me..

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Tanya said...

So when are you heading down to Africa?

Captain Karen said...

Hey guys, thanks for all the words of encouragement! I really am looking forward to the trip, just a bit anxious but excited. Part of it, I think, is that I've done almost no travelling in my life with the exception of a trip with my best friend to Disneyland when we were 18. Like Sarah Palin (oh god...), I didn't even own a passport up until last year.

Tanya!: Glad to see you again! Well, World Cup 2010 is right around the corner....

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