Flying to London, England

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I booked my flight! I will officially arrive in London around 10:58 a.m. on Sunday, August 28. I wasn’t planning on booking anything for another week, but when I saw one WestJet flight return to my budgeted airfare—I had to take it!

One catch—I will be experiencing a layover in Winnipeg. Now, I’ve never been in Manitoba before, or any other province except Ontario and Quebec, but it should definitely be interesting!

I think I’m more concerned about not losing my luggage in this extremely foreign land. Has anyone ever purchased travel insurance? Is it worth the money? Let me know! I’m travelling from Ottawa to London.

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Travel 2016

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I’m starting to get more excited about my upcoming travels interning in London, England from September to December! I’m currently applying for my Tier 5 Visa which has been interesting. 

I’ll be in London with others who are also doing internships, and we’re going to be staying in student apartments. I’ve never lived on my own before so I’m both excited and nervous!

I like sticking to a planned budget—doing groceries will be something new. I’ll be using my XE currency app all the time to figure out what I’m actually spending.

Despite all the possible challenges, I think it will be worth it for the experience.

Sleep Schedule

With such a varied work schedule, it can often be hard to pencil in sleep. I had a beautiful streak a few months back where I was going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking at 6 a.m. Alas, that didn’t last long.

Last night was the first time in weeks I had a solid five hours of sleep without waking up—quite the achievement! My friends think I’m crazy for being able to run on three hours, but I always think nothing is impossible with caffeine at hand.

Sure, you get those pesky eye twitches, jittery hands and occasional brain fog, but the insane amount of energy received is worth it! Having the motivation inside your mind match the energy needed to get things done is a great position to be in.

Do any of you night owls rely on caffeine as much as I do? Early birds, please share your ways in the witchcraft of normal sleep cycles!

I’ve heard of these mystical guidelines:

  • Turn off electronics an hour before bed
  • Have a routine every night
  • Only use your bed for sleep
  • Do not eat a large meal or drink a lot before bed
  • Do not exercise preceding sleep

These tips seem as foreign as my knowledge of politics. How does one do these things? Is it nature or nurture? These are the questions I have late at night.

Going to the Gym

Over the past few weeks I have been trying my luck with going to the gym on a somewhat regular basis. I’ve tried going in the mornings, mid-afternoons, to late at night which seems to be the least busy time from my observations.

Last week I ran my first 10k (on the treadmill) in 66 minutes, which was an achievement! I haven’t been running for a very long time, and being able to run continuously and not die like I would in the past is quite something!

Since I’m going to London, England in a few months, I started looking up half marathons. I found three half marathons listed in London that fit the time I would be there—I’m thinking I’ll pick one and hope for the best!

Do any of you newbie (or pro) runners out there have any tips to running your first half marathon? So far I’ve concluded through reading other experiences that:

  • Drink water steadily; not too much to prevent side stitches and upset stomach
  • Eat something light but wholesome a few hours before running; find what works best for your body
  • Drink enough water well before your run to prepare for your body’s loss of water

I’m quite looking forward to the experience!

 

Sony a5000

Today marks the first day I am blogging on one of the days I set out to blog on! (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Time for the hard part of keeping up with it—anyone have tips to remain on schedule?

Anyway, a few days ago I ordered the Sony a5000 mirrorless camera from bestbuy.ca. I was mainly looking for a beginner’s professional camera—something that I could learn from and still take amazing pictures on my four-month trip abroad in Europe.

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The four main reasons I chose this camera:

  1. Its size – Compared to standard DSLRs, the Sony a5000 is much more sleek (at the loss of a view finder) and compact, making it ideal for travel photography
  2. The screen – Having a screen that flips up is great for selfie-type shots or vlogging
  3. The price – At CAD $479, I think it’s a great value from what I have researched and compared to other cameras
  4. The quality in low-lit situations – Based upon reviews, this little guy is quite the powerhouse in darkly lit environments (“Score!” says the night-owl.)

I’m really glad I chose this camera! I’ve never had my own camera before, and YouTubing how to put on a camera strap was just the beginning of all the fun to be had.

I also ordered a 55-210 lens for some flexibility, but for now, here are some pictures I just took in my garden with the kit-provided lens:

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