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May 24, 2016 - Day 2 Doha to London

Our flight was an hour and a half late leaving Doha however we enjoyed what was on offer in the business class lounge....nice food, nice drinks and great service. It was great to have a shower and put on fresh clothes before the next leg of the journey. We boarded and for what is probably a one off, sat in business class. It was wonderful to be able to lie down to sleep and in some ways, the upgrade was wasted on me. I ordered and ate my dinner, had one glass of champagne and went to sleep. I woke about 30 minutes out of Heathrow, had a...

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May 20, 2016 - London

Up early again today and dragged our bags to the Metro for a trip to Lisbon airport. Arrived in Heathrow with an eight hour stopover we decided to put it to good use by visiting Kew Gardens. Booked the bags in and jumped on the 'tube'. Beautiful gardens, unfortunately for us (again) the Temperate Glasshouse and Japanese Pagoda were closed for restoration. We were impressed with the statues of the 10 beasts that make up the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth ll. The 'tube' ride home was interesting. I thought the Central to Caboolture Friday arvo...

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May 17, 2016 - May 16th

Today was my first day of work. I was able to walk over to work since it is only about a block away. I met with my advisor, Juan, and we talked about what I will be doing during my days and hours and such. I get to work at 8:30 am and then I can either leave at about 1:30 pm or 4:00 pm. I was placed in the cat unit for my first day. The woman who works it is OBSESSED with cats. Which I love cats as well, but she sets up separate rooms for them (which is actually pretty cute). I have attached pictures of the rooms. The people there love the...

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May 17, 2016 - May 15th

Michael and I decided to sleep in till about 10 am and then go get breakfast with my room mate and her boyfriend! We went to a place called Lola’s and it was AMAZING. After that, we headed to the beach and walked down the beach for a bit. Then, we went to a wine vineyard by Cape Point. It was gorgeous. It looked like a scene out of a movie where everyone was barefoot and wearing white while drinking wine. And of course, mountains surrounding everywhere you looked. I think that is one of the most amazing parts of Cape Town. The entire city...

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May 17, 2016 - May 14th

The Great White Shark Diving crew picked us up from our hotel at 420 am!!! We had a two hour drive to the cove where we were going to take the dive. I slept the whole way but Michael had a harder time doing so. They gave us breakfast and we headed out onto the boat. We met two people who were studying at the University of Cape Town and they were pretty cool. Once we got all suited up, they somewhat threw us into the cage. This one the only time that I truly panicked because I gulped some salt water and was confused about which bar I needed...

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May 17, 2016 - May 13th

Michael and I decided to get up quite early and hike Table Top mountain. It was one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. The first two hours were spent hiking the entire side of table top and we were in the clouds for quite awhile. Then, we reached a crevice in the mountain that took us the last two hours to hike. I have to admit that there were moments when both of us thought we may not make it to the top. We had run out of water and after ignoring the “don’t underestimate this mountain” comments online, we decided they were...

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May 17, 2016 - May 11th and 12th

After flying 12 hours from London, I finally arrived in Cape Town!!!! We were picked up by someone from Projects abroad and they dropped Michael off at his hotel. I was taken to meet my host family. My host mothers name is Jeanette and my host fathers name is Benjamin. They have three kids and two grand kids who all live in the same house. They are considered "colored" here. Their ancestors came from India and they have developed a culture called African Indian. Muslims are also considered "colored" here but other than that, people are...

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May 17, 2016 - May 17th

Second day of work! I got to work with all of the dogs today. It was very interesting to see the contrast between the cats and the dogs. The dogs all live in cages with one other dog and the cages are set up in a type of arena. When I take the dogs out to walk them, the other dogs go nuts and the arena echoes dogs barking for about four blocks. But, they have a board with each cage number and you mark off when the dog has been walked that day. The walk consists of a ten minute walk to a play area where the dogs run for about 10-15 minutes...

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May 13, 2016 - Travel to London

Well we are off to London, England. First leg took is to Calgary and then off to London. The flight took us 8 hours and we landed in London at 10 in the morning, 3 in the morning back home. So why not eat. We headed downstairs to "The Red Lion". It is a bar in the middle of the airport. First you get a table and the you get in line at the bar to order your breakfast with all the other blokes getting drinks. The airport was full of brides and grooms on their stags and stagettes. Most of the grooms were dressed in clown wigs, pink dresses or...

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May 11, 2016 - The Journey Begins!

Thanks to ma and pa for the drive to the ferry this afternoon. Successful voyage on the 3:00 ferry, on to the Wilson's bus on the ferry (they now have the contract to Victoria from the ferry), drive off the ferry about 300 yards to transfer to the Pacific Coach Lines bus that took us to YVR. Smooth transition, but we were skeptical. In the British Airways lounge for 4 hours...alot of damage can be done in 4 hours.....Especially when there is a fresh bottle of 15 year old Glenlivit 10 feet away.....Ha!(DM) We get to board through gate 64,...

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May 10, 2016 - The Making of Harry Potter

Hello everyone! After Michael finally got off of his flight, which was delayed an hour, we headed to The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Brothers Studio. On the way, I came to the realization that I had taken euro’s out for the day instead of pounds (sorry dad!). Michael thought this was the funniest thing that he’s ever witnessed and urged me not to tell anyone because "it was too embarrassing". So, I had to withdraw more cash when getting to the studio and then switch the euro’s into pounds once we got back to the airport. The tour...

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May 10, 2016 - Arrival in London

I have officially arrived in London! On the flight, I sat next to a girl from Hope College in Michigan. She was continuing her travels to Ireland where she was going to hike for the next month. So, I got very lucky with my seating arrangements! Currently, I am waiting for Michael at Costa Café in the Heathrow airport. We have The Making of Harry Potter tour at 12:30! I think the excitement will keep me awake for the whole day (or the two expresso shots that I just purchased at Costa Café). I will keep ya’ll posted on how the tour went! We...

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