So it took me 19 years but I finally went up to the CN Tower!!! (I get to cross yet another item off my bucket list). For the past month I’ve had my two friends I made at camp stay with me, one from Germany and one from Mexico. Something neither of them have done is go to the CN Tower so we decided to do it. Thanks to CouchSurfing we found a coupon that allows us to go up for $10 past 8pm.
I did this mostly to get over my fear of heights and at first I was terrified, especially when we were going up the elevator and the ground kept getting further and further away, and we went higher than the tallest building. But when I was up there you realize it’s not that scary. There’s nothing to be scared of at that height. You are secure and what’s the worst thing that could happen? Everything I thought of wasn’t realistic and realizing that helped me calm down. Then I had to get over my ultimate fear…the glass floor.
At first glance I felt like I was falling. It’s a weird feeling being up that high and being able to see the ground with nothing blocking your view. And to be honest I had to hold someones hand the first two times I walked over the glass. But the third time I was able to do it by myself and the feeling of accomplishing that was far greater than my fear of heights. I’m excited to say I may be over my fear of heights.
Oh the great and mighty north! One of the things that both America and Canada share are the Niagara Falls. Now you might be wondering; how is it possible to share the Falls if there is a border? Well, you may or may not know that there are actually two falls and Niagara Falls! Shocker, isn’t it? The one that everyone goes to see is the Canadian Falls (pictured above), also known as the Horseshoe falls. During the day you can get great pictures of the Falls but if you really want to see them light up, you should definitely check it out at night. But remember… If you’re going to the Canadian Falls you will get wet.
For those who read my last post, you know that I’ve been working at a summer camp for the past 5.5 weeks. There I met so many different people from all around the world! I worked in the kitchen as a dishwasher as I’m not too qualified to be a counsellor. In the kitchen staff was 4 Canadians (including me), 2 Mexicans, and 1 German. At the camp workers were from all over the world (Spain, Italy, America, Australia). Thanks to this job I now have very close friends in Germany, Mexico, and Italy and have places to stay when I travel to these countries. I now also have a travel buddy to go to Australia and Indonesia with!
I would definitely recommend getting a job at a summer camp if you are working abroad during the summer, either in the kitchen or for the camp. Working at a camp gives you somewhere to live, food, and an income. Plus it’s a great way to make friends. Here are some photos of my adventure there. (For those who are curious I worked at Camp Wabikon)
Before I start traveling I have made the decision to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia. This allows me to work in Australia for 12 months, staying up to 6 months with each employer. But I will not be using this visa just to work. I’ll probably just get a part-time job and will spend most of it traveling Australia. Since I think exploring Australia will take longer than 3 months (because I want to take my time) I’m applying for this visa.
I also know that the cost of living in Australia is very high. or at least higher than Toronto, so that’s why it’s logical to work and earn money to stay in a more expensive country. After working here for 6 months, I will use the money I earned to travel more.
While in Australia I plan to keep my expenses at the bare minimum, meaning I’m going to have to make sacrifices to the way I usually spend money and live. I’ll probably share a room with someone so that my rent is a lot lower than if I had my own apartment. But like a normal girl, I know that there are always unexpected times when I’m going to have to spend money.
I want to try to start working in April, that way I would be working during the colder months and by the time my 6 months are up I’ll be traveling and it will be warmer. This is the plan I’m going for… Hopefully it all works out.
If you’re from Canada and want more information on Working Holiday Visas, click here.