With five weeks of paid work from now until I leave everything I live off from then will be what I have in my pack and the money I have in my account.
I have my final visit with the travel doctor on Monday for my last round of the rabies vaccination along with a measles booster as I am not immune and another shot to which I cannot remember? It was a costly necessity for all of the vaccinations but I would rather be safe then sorry. I spent approximately $600 on doctor visit and vaccinations along with a blood test because I could not find paperwork to know exactly which vaccinations I had in the past. Thankfully now everything is recorded in a nice yellow book along with proof of my Yellow Fever vaccination which is the only shot that is required for entry/exit for Countries with the disease.
I am in the final stages of selling my belongings that I do not require when I return and donating any old clothes I will not wear.
I have purchased a new camera, I have the Sony Nex 5N with 18-55mm and 55-210mm lenses. I have only had the chance to use it for one day and I am still unsure if its what I want? It’s pretty compact and picture quality seems to be good. I am used to a Canon DSLR but I wanted to carry something smaller and lighter. I will give it some more testing before I go to make sure I am happy..
I am busy sifting through Hostels online to see where I will stay when I first arrive. I am never good at making decisions so its difficult to decide. Buenos Aires is so big!!! I am not much of a city lover but it will be an experience visiting a city so big.
I am also looking through the host list for WWOOFING (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). There are a few farms I would like to work at. I just need to get my application together and send it to the farms I am interested in and hopefully get an offer.
I am looking forward to working and trying some new things. I am from the country and a farming town but I have never worked on a farm. It will be a great way to meet the local people and learn their way of living while also having the opportunity to stay in the one place and travel around on weekends etc.
The more I think of my trip the more time I want to spend in each place I go. I don’t want everyday to be spent on buses and getting around. I would like to stay in the places I find interesting for a while and get to know the people and the way of life. I am still looking for Volunteer opportunities- in any way that I can help.
I am still having trouble finding volunteer work in Argentina. I have found a couple of places working with orphanages. I’m sure that I will come across more when I am in the country.
For now I just need to concentrate on getting ready… Keeping up with my Spanish lessons (I’m about half way to where I thought I would be by now). Life gets so busy and I am very lazy on my days off. Time feels like it slipped away. I need to remind myself of how close it is until I go otherwise I will be trying to sort everything out on the last day!
I am not worried and I am not excited.. Life just feels normal. I am looking forward to something different. Meeting new people, seeing new things. It wont start to feel like things are happening until I finish work and I leave the house with my bag to hop on the plane.
Then we will see. It will be awesome! I’m sure it will be.