In just over 3 weeks I will be leaving Canada, (my visa is expiring) and i’m feeling a little bit of stress. I have a fairly long to do list before I leave and I have not yet checked 1 item off. I don’t know why I haven’t started doing anything. I just haven’t. So naturally instead of making some inroads on the list, I will just write about it.
Here it is
I have not purchased any plane tickets yet to my next destination. Mainly because, up until recently I wasn’t entirely sure when I would be leaving, but now I do, so there are no excuses. Before heading to London, I am planning on making a small detour to San Jose, California. I have relatives there who are eager for me to come and meet them, for the very first time. Up until 2 years ago we did not live in the same continent, so with me leaving soon, who knows when I will get another chance. This means that instead of buying a simple ticket from Toronto to London, I now need to organise a flight to San Jose and then onwards to London from there.
Purchase a New Backpack
I decided to bring a suitcase with me to Toronto, because I knew there would be less moving around while I was here. Whenever I did travel, I simply took a smaller bag with me. Now it’s time to go back to the backpack as I return to a more unpredictable style of travel. It’s about time.
After 2 years of living in Canada, I probably have twice the amount of clothes than I came with. I obviously can’t take everything. I need to figure out what I am keeping and what i’m donating.
My first stop in Europe is London, so I can visit the Irish embassy and apply for an Irish work visa. Yes that’s right, in the midst of Ireland’s economic crisis, I am heading to Dublin. My current boss has offered to get in touch with our companies Dublin office to see if there is a position for me, if I am interested. I really do have a great boss right now, but have not yet made the decision if I will take him up on the offer. I still need to fill out the visa application and gather all the appropriate documents.
Purchase a Laptop
While in Canada, I have been using my work laptop. Seeing as though I am quitting my job, I will no longer have it. A replacement is in order.
I deliberately kept the amount of furniture I had in my apartment to the bare minimum. If you walk into my apartment you will see a TV situated on a TV stand, a coffee table and a futon. I also invested in an air bed, for when anyone needed a place to crash (it was actually quite comfortable).
Bottom line is, why pay a lot of money for things you know you will be giving or throwing away in the near future? Having said that, I still need to work out what I’m going to do with everything.
Although I am heading to Europe, I will eventually make my way to Southeast Asia and so I figured I will get the appropriate vaccinations now. If I am in Europe for so long that I need to get them again, then so be it.
So these are the main things I need to do before I leave, in addition to all the little things. However, just like when I was in University, I do my best work at the last minute.
The clock is ticking…………………