Recently learned I have travelled to Germany and Vienna, Austria…. The only thing was that i was a year old.
So you could say i have always been a world traveller/Gypsy.
Me in Frankfurt.
What a BIG difference time of year makes…
Santa Monica Beach …. July 17, 2011
Located in downtown Jasper.
Jasper the Bear is a landmark for the town. Created by James Nathaniel a Canadian cartoonist from Winnipeg, his cartoon character of Jasper the Bear was famous throughout Canada from 1948 to 1972 and remains as the mascot of Jasper National Park.
In 1962, Jasper was adopted as the official mascot for Jasper National Park in Alberta erecting a statue of Jasper at the Train Station where it remains to this day.
Today it stands to the right of the visitor centre and, Jasper the Bear is as tall as 6′-7′ feet. It is customary to visit Jasper the Bear only if you are just passing through or staying for a couple nights. It is one of those landmarks, so do not forget to take your camera with you when you visit Jasper the Bear.
Taking that year off from Post Secondary was a very good decision. Although that Travel Bug bites hard!
I didn’t pack my bag, quit my job and head off to Europe to backpack, But I did travel with adventure. Traveling with Contiki Holidays is an life time adventure. You see and do such amazing things that you normally get a chance to do, and you meet so many awesome, wonderful people through Contiki and while On tour – you know who you are!
First Trip, (Dec 2010/Jan 2011) only six months to save up… I had booked my very first Contiki Holiday – San Francisco New Years in July of 2010. To be honest i was nervous, not knowing what to expect but yet at the same time super stoked and excited.
With a Contiki Holiday – you instantly become friends, like one big family. (Alex, Corey, Brooke, Myself, Robb, Cameron and our Fabulous Tour Manager Monte). Which is what Contiki is, one big family! From biking the hills of San Francisco, Ferry ride over to Alcatraz, going IN n’ OUT Burger, walking down Market Street, Pier 39, Walking the Golden Gate Bridge and Biking It to Ending the First Contiki Experience on a Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay watching some pretty fabulous fireworks.
As many of us do, we have major contiki withdrawals after we return home. One way to fix it, book that next Contiki as soon as possible. Another way to help ease that withdrawal is attend a Contiki Party, even if that means to drive 3 hours to attend – it’s well worth it!
My first Contiki Party: VIP Euro Bash (February 2011)– It was great meeting you all and thanks for a great time! hugs xo
Then (April 2011) my second Contiki Party – Yup i drove another 3 hours… Contiki Suitcase Party at Hudsons Taphouse downtown Calgary. What can i say, I was on my way to become a Contiki Champion!
My Second Tour, (July 2011) This was quite a decision making process on what I would be doing for my next tour, but i knew if i wanted to do two more tours this year i couldn’t have afforded Sydney New Years just yet, so i settled with LA Explorer but made sure it landed on my Birthday! Since Contiki does know how to party, thought it was a good decision – Pub Crawl even landed on my Birthday 😉 bonus!
Drai’s Hollywood the last stop on the Pub Crawl, OH MY GOSH! Talk about Hollywood style and for my 24th Birthday. If it was not for Contiki I would not have been partying Hollywood Style. Rooftop overlooking Hollywood with a pool, pole dancing, outside private sittings.
Favorite part of the Tour was – Universal Studios Studio Lot Tour. I had no idea that Movie Lot was huge! They do everything there.
My second Contiki reunion with Brooke…
Third Contiki of the year…. Paris for New Years! (Dec 2011/Jan 2012) You know when you are in Paris when you see the Eiffel Tower from the Contiki Coach upon entering the City. I do not know where to begin. Beyond Excited. Started in London England, Where i finally got to set foot into the famous Contiki Basement. It was pretty exciting ;)! Even though I did not get any fireworks for New Years, It did not need fireworks – It was Paris for crying out loud – that is a pretty big firework if you ask me. I even got to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle up at night ❤ goregous. Some Highlights from the Tour: Musee Du Perfum, The Lourve, River Cruise on the Seine, Eiffel Tower. Dinner with Contiki I tried escargot – When in Paris! Then Moulin Rouge Carbaret Show. You can see the Eiffel Tower from every angle you go within Paris.
Summary: I started the year in San Francisco and Ended it in Paris, France – what a world wind it was! Meeting a lot of great people along the way from all over the world, from England, South Africa down to Brazil up to North America over to Australia and New Zealand.
It was fascinating to be in London, England – waking up in London it is beyond words to describe. I’ve seen pictures over pictures of all these sites but seeing them with my own two eyes and setting foot on London soil and looking up at these monuments were breathtaking.
Being in Westminster abbey was goregous – now i see why Princess Kate and Prince Will got married there. I remember just sitting down against the wall at the entrance looking around me and up in awe…. took my breath away. I could have sat there all day.
We walked everywhere and my feet were hurting and tired but i kept on dragging them onwards. I am glad I did. Next day i would change my shoes which had helped not make them so sore. So there is your tip for the day: pack 3 or 4 pairs of shoes, changing your shoes will limit how sore your feet will get.
When I heard on the news that Big Ben was leaning – I told mother nature to stop it. Stop ruining these structures before i get a chance to see them.
Do you see the lean?
How about now? ha ha okay this is just me tilting the camera on purpose. But it makes a great masterpiece. I love changing the angle on the camera to snap that everlasting memory, as sometimes seeing something in a different angle changes how you see it and makes its natural beauty recognizable, more foreseeable.