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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Packing up for the BIG TRIP

Its 14 days till I head off on my big around the world trip, and settling into Honiara. I've got heaps to do and am slowing ticking off little boxes on my to-do list.

I have lived in Christchurch for almost five years (this time) and it is very hard to say goodbye to all my wonderful friends. I always struggle with goodbyes, saying the right things and expressing how much people mean to me.

Anyway, a bit of a bio about me. I'm a 32 year old American who has lived in N.Z. for almost nine years (with a two year stint in Hawai'i to get my graduate degree) and am, as I am being told by many people, heading off for an adventure of a lifetime.

I have worked for Environment Canterbury/Canterbury Civil Defence for four years but now I have been selected by Voluteer Service Abroad to work in the Solomon Islands for one year for World Vision.

Before I settle into the Island life, I am off to see friends and family scattered throughout the world. I'll post my adventures from that trip on here as well.

I'm excited and terrified at the same time; what an honor, what a challenge! I hope I will be up for it...

My shoe mood is:
Clarkes...purchased in Wellington at Mischief Shoes, off season. Clarkes, known for their sturdy school shoes, made this fab, all purpose boots. I wear these when I want to feel warm and official.