Author Elizabeth Gilbert read my mind when she said…
“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to – I just don’t care”
A few years back I found myself, as I often do, working a job that was less than ideal. Here I was sitting on the floor of “The Bay” in Burlington, Ontario organizing men’s Tommy Hilfiger underwear. A new employee walked by me, so I took the opportunity to introduce myself and take a break from the underwear. I quickly learned that this boy went to a school where you could travel to South East Asia AND Europe. It all sounded too good to be true, the constant battle between my parents and I had finally been solved, it WAS possible to travel the world while still getting a degree! Thanks to Ryan Robinson’s marketing skills that day at “The Bay”, I applied to SSU. Since that day I have been anticipating this upcoming trip to Europe. Last year’s Asia trip was wonderful in every way, but going to Europe is a dream come true. A dream that it seems I was not quite prepared for when I arrived here in New Brunswick a few days ago. Apparently, It is absolutely essential that you bring a “therma-rest” to sleep on, of course I show up with a little blue mat, no flashlight and a sleeping bag made out of tissue paper. So I am a little behind on all the camping lingo and I am missing all the trendy camping accessories, but I suppose that is all part of the adventure. I don’t mind sleeping on the floor for the summer when I get to wake up to a view of the Swiss Alps, or see a play at the Globe, or visit the Louvre with a bunch of my friends. Not too bad if you ask me. I am ready to get this trip going and fully intend to embrace it in every way possible, the adventures, the mishaps, the rain, the good days and the bad days, whatever this trip has in store for us I am ready for it. Europe can barf all over me if it wants, I just don’t care.
-Cara “ready to go” Lehocki