Yes, I’m off to L.A. on Wednesday , and I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited. This three month journey ticks off many firsts – my first time working abroad, my first time visiting America, in fact the North American continent. Even the longest direct flight I will have taken.
I’m so excited! (Can you tell I’m excited?) I haven’t been abroad for almost a year and I love visiting new places, taking in the different people and the new culture. And the food. I’m really looking forward to the food! I have dreams about New York sandwiches and bagels. As New York is the last stop I’m making – it’s were I’m flying home from – I’m seriously hoping the rest of the country’s food is just as good. To be honest, I’m hoping New York’s dishes are as good as I’m imagining and have been promised.
I think working abroad will be different to working at home. I’ve visited a few places and volunteered a little here and there overseas, but I think working will be different. Working with people who may have a different work ethic, views on the world or even views on life, will be interesting. I think it will allow for a deeper involvement in a culture than is usually experienced by simply visiting a country. I found staying with a family (like I did in Nepal) delved past all the tourism, but working is a less casual arrangement. Not only do you have to respect the differences, you have to conform to them. Having to reach standards that can be foreign to those you are used to conforming to will need getting used to, but I’m looking forward to it.
I have a goal to visit all seven continents (including Antarctica – I’m hoping to be rich enough one day so that isn’t a truly stupid goal) and visiting North America will mean I’m down four. I’ll have crossed off every continent with countries in the Northern Hemisphere barring South America, all the countries where a ridiculously long trip isn’t required (though neither L.A., nor Sri Lanka are exactly short distances). I now need to get to South America, Oceania and Antartica. Wish me luck!
My sister has a new blog! Called Carr&co, it’s all about film and fashion, and you should definitely check it out.
Also, for those who are interested I’m now on Instagram. Follow me for some photos of sunny L.A.