East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia
Time is really flying by here at the moment. It is crazy to think that I have been here for four months now, and that Cam is here in exactly a week!
I am still really enjoying my time here but I am definitely ready to move on to the next stage of my adventure! Work is starting to bore me stupid (I literally repeat the same five lines over and over for eight hours at a time!) and I am starting to get frustrated with how isoloated Panorama is, and how hard it is to get anywhere. Since arriving heer in December, I have only left Panorama once to go to Calgary overnight. Despite my best efforts to go to other towns such as Banff and Cranbrook, things are just too difficult without a car.
I have managed to hook up a trip to a nearby ski resort for tomorrow through work which is a little relieving as I have been feeling a little stressed about trying to go and see these places before my time is up! I am going to be the chaperone for a bus load of guests who are going to Kicking Horse which means that I get free lift tickets and a free bus ride there wihch is a pretty sweet deal I think!
I have now finally finalised my travel for after I leave Panorama:
We leave for Calgary on the 17 April (under a month away!!!), and then fly to Miami on the 18th April. We stay there for about a week and then go to Orlando to do all the theme parks on the 25th, and then head to New York to hang out with Jackson on the 30th... We are there for a week and start our Trek which travels from New York - LA for three weeks.. After this we are in LA for ten days before finally making our way home! We definitely have an amazing trip lined up so I am really chomping at the bit to get started with it!
The past week at Pano we have been hosting the Paralympics World Champs which has been awesome. It is such an incredibly humbling experience.. We were surrounded by people in wheelchairs, or with one arm, etc etc. I managed to get up to watch a few of the races and it was such a cool thing to watch. The guys on the sit-skis (literally skis where you sit down if you are confined to a wheelchair) are insane the speeds they go.. I was lucky enough to meet the New Zealand team of one, Adam Hall who was the guy who won the gold medal at the Olympics a couple of years ago. The entire New Zealand team were so lovely and so I made sure that I was out there to support Adam in a few of his races! He won Gold in two of them which was really awesome. I really enjoyed being able to be a part of the champs!
Possibly one of the most amazing things about the IPC was the visually impaired guys who went down with a guide at the front, communicating through a headset to the guy behind.. It has really inspired me to try and find some sort of volunteer work for adaptive skiers when I get back home.. Not sure if there will be much for me to do but it will be worth a try!!
I have been missing New Zealand quite a lot, its suprising how much being away from home makes you miss it! We had a few celebrations for Waitangi Day, I was allowed to wear my All Blacks top to work and decorated the desk with New Zealand flags and some posters with 'how to speak like a New Zealander' and 'a beginners guide to speaking Maori'.. Was fun to get into some cultural spirit with my fellow Kiwis so far away from home!!
I am currently learning to crochet too which is really cool! Something to do when it is dead at work and SO much easier than knitting!! haha
That's all from me for now, time for bed as it is a REALLY early start tomorrow and will be a long day skiing.. Love to all, Rach xxx