Tag: Pre Trip

Trip coming soon – communication plan!

So the trip is coming soon – four days from today I’ll be in the air en route to Amsterdam! That in mind, I’m really excited to share pieces of this experience with anyone who’s interested in following along. For any IKEA junkies I’m planning on visiting the Delft store in the Netherlands which is…




My trip and changing the narrative around refugees

With a little under two weeks until I step on the plane from YYZ to AMS I’m starting to get excited for the trip! I’ve been getting some of the basics sorted out including the purchase of my rail pass (8 days) in Switzerland. I also got lucky with a cool auction item that I…




Countdown to Netherlands and Switzerland!

The countdown to my last big trip of the year is on, and I’m more than ready to go! A couple months ago I got an invitation from the IKEA Foundation to join other IKEA co-workers and IKEA Foundation staff at the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards in Geneva, Switzerland this October 2-3. To say I…




It’s time to fly!

With just under 26 hours to go the backpack is packed (everything fits!), all shopping is done, the hair is cut and I’m ready to go! Last week I did a little pre-trip flying at iFly in Oakville and was surprisingly impressed with indoor skydiving… so impressed that I picked up another visit to help…




And then there were ten. Days left. Until… you know, the trip.

Excitement is starting to kick in. As well as a bit of dread when I look at the amount of work to get done in the next few days before I leave. But more excitement than dread. It’s also beginning to click that I should probably start getting ready for this. There are still a few…




“Tourists carry maps, Travelers carry curiosity”

Buon pomeriggio, good afternoon! I thought I’d do one last, quick, blog entry before I flee the country. I saw a little quote on an Air Canada ad (of all places) which I loved, “Tourists carry maps, Travelers carry curiosity”, and a great quote/question from Steve Jobs which I’ve enjoyed for a long time now,…




What a day… oh by the way… one day!!!!

Well my day was CRAZY AWESOME! How was yours?! Today was the 5k run for Start2Finish (www.start2finish.org), which is the big, final event for the year for all the clubs who has been doing the reading and running program in their schools! It was amazing. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, things went really smoothly…




It’s the final countdown!!!!

[ujicountdown id=”Default” expire=”2014/06/01 22:30″ hide = “true”] Yes my friends, it is the final countdown, and we are juuuuuust about ready to go! Now by me saying ready to go I don’t mean to imply that I’m packed or anything of that nature – no no no, not quite. I did get a haircut, and…




Yikes! T-3 days!

So do you know what T- means in the whole T-3, etc kind of thing? Time minus X! I know! How simple. And in this case, T-3 days until takeoff! 3 days from now I will already be in the air on my way to Rome. I’m actually quite looking forward to the flight –…




Ready thrusters… standby….

Yikes! I missed a day! 🙁 I was thinking about it last night but just totally forgot… yesterday wound up being a bit busy, I didn’t make it into the office because I had a FedEx delivery coming in, so I was working from home in some pretty intense heat (blah). On the plus side,…