A note from Emma’s desk 29 August

I can’t believe that this time next week, I am going to be lost somewhere in Canada. I say lost, as it will more than likely happen. I am geographically impaired and still don’t know my full itinerary—I’ll leave that up to ‘tour guide’ Kaitlin.

On Friday, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and onto a long haul flight to start a bit of an OE with my two girlfriends, or as we call ourselves ‘The Troublemakers Three’ (jokes, I just made that up).

Tuakau won’t know what has hit it as it will be the quietest seven weeks on record.

I will be leaving my role in the very capable hands of Yana (she shook her head at me as I said this, but I have full faith that she can do this, even better than me!).

This trip has been booked for well over a year, and while that should have been plenty of time for me to scrimp and save, I haven’t. As usual, I leave everything to the last minute (credit card it is—pay now and cry about it later!).

Although, I have actually been packed for well over a month.

I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothing, so you can imagine my bestie’s surprise at how little I had actually packed. Kaitlin was impressed, but since then, I have snuck a few other ‘essentials’ in. I hope she doesn’t check it again.

At least my visas for the States have been cleared!

The girls and I will be experiencing Montreal and Quebec, (I need to learn ‘where is coffee’ in French) before hopping on a Contiki bus in LA to tour through the southern states of America.

After 30 days on a bus, we will be situated in New York for five days—a city I have always dreamt of going to see. Any feedback on what I need to see or do?

Following this, we will be spending a week in Hawaii for some R’n’R.

The anticipation is beginning to get to me, as well as the nerves, but once I get on that flight, everything will fall into place.

For now, it is head down and pushing to finish as much as I can before I go!

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