And now a little bit about what it took to get here...
1. Four travel immunization shots, two in each arm (mostly unecessary, me being paranoid)
2. A grocery store trip to purchase $650 worth of granola bars, chocolate and individually packaged wet wipes and hand sanitizer. The scope of this expenditure required approval by the grocery store manager.
3. A trip home to Ontario from Calgary, clearing ALL of my belongings from the house I'd been living in. Obviously I couldn't leave a single item behind, not even a cucumber. I could barely haul everything onto the plane. I could just SEE people in the departure lounge thinking, 'Wow, that girl has a LOT of baggage'. Well...while that may be true, how rude to think that of me without getting to know me first! Besides, a girl travelling on her own SHOULD carry a cucumber.
Oh, and 4. A delicious aiplane meal to send me off. Word to the wise: NEVER profess your preferences as 'vegan' on an international flight...(and WHAT kind of an excuse for water is that??? It sure made me appreciate the incredible access we enjoy to quality tap water in Calgary...)