|Three days following my grade 12 final exams and I already feel as though I have been set loose in the world. Up until school ended I tried to maintain focus on my grades and finishing my last year of high school with a bang. Since I wrote my last final on the day of my 18th birthday, I have spent the last days planning and researching for my trip. When I think about these next couple months in Saskatoon, I see myself doing three main things with my time; researching, reading and rowing.
The more I research, the less I feel as though I know about a country or area I plan on visiting. It is as if everything I discover has two more things that come along with it. My planned date of departure for this year of traveling is early to mid September.
My father has provided me and my sister with an amazing opportunity; he is paying us to read various books, as helping to fund our overseas adventure. The books he has chosen are all educational and generally tough reads. The importance of reading is very prevalent in day to day life. The skills I am learning from these books will help me in the future with schooling and will also improve my writing skills greatly. The only catch to reading all these books he has thoughtfully chosen for us is, we must visit china and India at some point in our year of travel.
The third main thing I will be doing with my summer is training for western Canada games coming up at the end of the summer in kamloops, BC. Since the south Saskatchewan river (the river that we usually row on) is "flooded", the rowing club will be going out to pike lake daily to row. I am extremely excited to compete in the regatta at the end of the summer and I plan on keeping in good enough condition throughout this year so that when I return I can get back to this unique sport. The ultimate goal is to compete in Canada Games in 2013 as a member of the rowing team.
For now I am taking these next two months day by day and plugging away at all the tedious things I must get done before my trip. I expect this summer to fly by, and I am just as excited as I am nervous for it to do so.