Let the adventure begin.

Trip Start Jan 20, 2013
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Trip End Jan 19, 2014


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Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Manchester to San Francisco via Heathrow.
This is where my journey begins. Sunday 20th January 2013 is finally here!!!
The world is my oyster or so I am being told by so many people.
After once again yet another late night, I woke early just before 6am. I tried again to check in on line, still not successful. My thoughts were then turned to the trips I had researched and still not booked once I arrive into USA, so booked for tomorrow being 21st, a two day hop on hop off city bus tour including Alcatraz in the afternoon, done! Also booked a day trip to Yosemite for Wednesday 23rd. I feel better having that booked those and knowing I will be seeing sights whilst I am there. So many people have told me to book prior to arriving as the trips get full.

Well after a shower and a list of things still outstanding which Anita kindly agreed to do, I was ready. Thought I'd be feeling like it was Christmas morning, but I don't, don't really feel anything, not excited, nervous, or anxious. I just want to get on the plane and for it to take off. This said I am clearly worried that it may get cancelled due to the snow or something.

Anita had parked her car down the street I case it was to icy on the street, so a short walk to the car and a couple of photos later, we where off, on our way to the airport. YIPPEE!!!

Upon arrival at terminal 3 I checked in my rucksack and a good friend was waiting for me. What a lovely surprise! He said it was to make sure I got on the plane, I replied "Yeh, I bet lots of people are thinking the same". We all had a farewell hot drink, and a 5 second Facebook lesson, before I passed through passport control, and waved goodbye.

This is it on my own to explore the world!!! ( don't feel any different, other than happier because the flight is gong ahead)

The most common questions have been:
Who are you going with?
Are you excited?
Are you nervous?
Well I have answered all these in the above.

After saving for such a long time the year of my 40th birthday was here!, this was it, life begins, I kept telling myself. OMG if only I knew what was to come . . . . . . . I have had such a roller coaster year, with lots of planning, research, organisation, when do I go? How do you apply for a career break? When to do I tell work? How long does it take to be authorised? Then there is planning the trip, budgeting, what to take? what rucksack? The list is endless. . . .

Well for those of you who don't know I submitted my career break on Monday 17th June 2013, my dear nan became ill on Tuesday 26th June and on Wednesday 27th June my career break was authorised. Yes most people would think I'd be happy, well I wasn't, things had change, Nan's health slowly deteriorated, so having to deal with what was happening to her, the emotion, other issues surrounding this. At the back of my mind I was asking myself what the hell are you going to do? As from 1st November I will not be getting paid, do I cancel, if I cancel will they let me apply again, when nan gets better? My head was everywhere. I cancelled my trip and on 10th October, Nan sadly, but peacefully passed away with her family all around her.

At the end of November I reapplied for my career break, to start on 30th January 2014, this was authorised quickly. I booked my flights, and here we are. I used annual leave to allow me to fly on the 20th January 2014.

I would like to thank all those people who have been so supportive one way or another, and thanks to those who have given me kind gifts to help me on my travels, very much appreciated. Thank you all. X
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