Ireland Done, Now to Abu Dhabi

After getting some well needed rest in Ireland before the last part of our journey to the seychelles, we are at the airport and awaiting our flight. Yesterday we were able to walk around a bit in dublin and were lucky enough to enjoy some sunny weather! After a little exploring and getting something to eat we slept the rest of the day,  trying to catch up on sleep and get accustomed to the time change. Now, after an early morning, we are on our way to Abu Dhabi and then finally to the seychelles!

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Enjoying a full Irish breakfast before our flight!

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Goodbye USA!

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Finally we’re on the road and officially starting the trip we began planning almost 6 months ago. Today, after ensuring everything was packed and ready to go, we began the first leg of our trip. Though there are things to be missed, the below zero weather and the snow won’t be one of them. So farewell to everybody and we will do our best to keep everyone updated! After a bus ride to Chicago and all of the fun activities that come with going through the airport we are waiting to board our aer lingus flight in a few minutes! The overnight flight shouldn’t be too bad, sleep is the best way to past the time! So farewell USA officially and we will see you again in a couple months!

Almost Time To Go!

As we finally come up on our departure date after months of preparing, we couldn’t be more excited! Well, a mix of exciting and anxious emotions. Our official start date is January 10th, but in about 2 weeks we’ll be making the trek to get there. After a couple long flights and nights in airports we’ll finally be in the Seychelles and ready to start. After we arrive at the Seychelles International Airport we have to make our way to one of the pick up points on the island, by taxi, to be picked up by the project staff. Once were with the GVI staff we have to take a ferry over to the island we’ll be staying on, Curieuse, to finally begin our project. Once we’re in the Seychelles we will have occasional wifi, about once every week or two, to hopefully update this blog and keep everyone informed on what we’re up to!

Until then we will keep preparing and once we get closer we’ll start to post our activities so everyone can keep updated on what we’re doing!

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8 Weeks to go!

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It seems like we’ve been waiting for a long time but it’s only 8 weeks until our adventure to Seychelles! The idea of being able to be halfway across the world from what we’re accustomed too makes us excited but anxious too! Physically we will be traveling from Chicago, to Dublin, to Abu Dhabi and finally to Seychelles. We will be going from a house that has a bed, unlimited electricity, food that comes from the fridge, electronics around every corner and wifi to very basic living accommodations, no running water except in the kitchen and showers, absolutely no wifi and the only way of getting electricity being a generator for a few hours at night.

It will definitely be a big change, but we are both looking forward to living in a culture that is so much different than what we are accustomed to.  Though we won’t have access to wifi where we are staying, we will be able to visit wifi cafes every week or so when we travel to the main islands so we will try to post in the blog as much as we can!

We will try to keep everyone updated in the coming weeks!

Getting All of our Equipment Together!

So it’s almost exactly 3 months until we’re Seychelles bound for 2 months to study sea turtles and do environmental conservation! We’ve been buying equipment for quite awhile and it looks like we have almost everything we need!! IMG_1319 IMG_9815 IMG_0583 IMG_0127 IMG_9189 IMG_0744

We have everything from rash vests and dive slates to mosquito nets, solar powered lanterns and so much more! Luckily most of the equipment we needed we already had from our last trip to Ireland so getting ready for the Seychelles isn’t as bad as it could be if we had to start from scratch! Now we’re just working on the smaller things to ensure we have everything we need while we’re overseas!

These next few months will go by pretty fast so making sure everything is ready to go is a priority!

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown that reveals you within yourself.” – Ella Maillart

Studying up for Seychelles!

Since we only have exactly 4 months until we leave for Seychelles, we thought it would be a good idea to start looking through our training manual to start studying what we’ll need to know when we get there! Our internship is all about environmental conservation and sea turtle research. So that means we’ll have to know the different kind of mangroves around the island, how to distinguish them from one another, how to know what kind of sea turtle we’re looking at, how to know what kind of sea turtle came on the beach based solely on it’s tracks and everything in between. So, what better way to study this then to make flash cards?! IMG_0073

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Can anyone guess what kind of turtle this is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Props to you if you knew this WITHOUT looking at the card with the answer 🙂

Wish us luck with our studying!

Plus, Look at how full our “travel corner” is getting!!

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“One’s Destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Ireland Round 2!

After our time in Seychelles, we’ve decided to spend a few days in Ireland! It made sense since we’re flying through Dublin already, and it actually saves us some money on the flights to stay an extra couple days in Ireland on our way back. Since we will only be there for a couple days, we were looking at just spending some free time in Dublin, maybe spending a day or two traveling around and seeing attractions, but overall just being able to walk around the city and experience more of the Irish culture. The Dublin Pass is a great tool for being able to see many of the great attractions in Dublin which we’ll take advantage of for sure, from the Guinness Brewery to the Kilmainham Gaol the pass has a lot of perks and saves you a lot of money, rather than paying for each place individually! There also are many day trips you can take from Dublin, and since the one place we weren’t able to travel to last time around was a pretty well known spot in Ireland, we’ll be taking a day trip to the Giants Causeway, and even have some time to stop in Belfast in Northern Ireland as well! Hopefully after two months in the Seychelles we’ll be up for some more traveling, but I’m not too concerned with that. 

Until then we’re just continuing to prepare for our time in the Seychelles, 4 months to go!

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Don’t Plan Everything!

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I was thinking about the concept today of planning ahead. Why does everyone feel like they are in such a rush to get to the future and know ever detail of what that future will look like? What is the fun in that? If you never live in the moment, you’re not really living for anything. If you’re always planning for the future, what is your NOW looking like?

There was a Groupon that I stumbled upon a few days ago that caught my eye. It was called the Mystery Getaway. You pay your money (everything was included; flights, accommodation, and breakfast) but the catch was, you have no idea where you are going. Once you pay your money, you get an email saying where that flight is taking you. That idea sounds so amazing to me. Unfortunately, that Groupon is only valid from the Dublin Airport but it got me thinking: why plan everything? It can help in some situations of course, but I like the idea of spontaneity and the idea of the unknown.

I’m going to feel like a dork for bringing this up, but I was also thinking about the Mary Kate and Ashley Movie where they take a dart and throw it at a map, saying that wherever it lands they will go. I love that idea and plan on doing that! You can’t always be in your comfort zone and plan everything out! Live for the here and now and do whatever feels right. Whatever happens will happen. Don’t sweat it.

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

Go for the experiences, not the comforts

Experience VS material things

Success, happiness, joy, words that throughout our lives are portrayed by images of big houses, fancy cars, and most importantly, money. But is that really all its cracked up to be? Since I was young the image of success has always been, the bigger, the better, but why? This idea of happiness couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes as humans we have basic needs, such as food and shelter, but do we really need any more than that? So many people search for the comforts of life; that big couch, huge tv, and a car with heated seats, but they forget how to truly live. Getting out there, experiencing the world, and most importantly leaving your comfort zone behind is how we are meant to exist, not sedentary lifestyles in which we simply exist, and nothing more. Life isn’t about compromising your childhood dreams to accept a ‘safe’ future, its about living everyday the way YOU want to and not accepting what is ‘normal’. We have become accustomed to the idea that you must wait for opportunities to present themselves to you when in reality opportunities are all around us, you just have to take that leap and go for them! When you look back on your life in twenty years, you won’t remember that night you watched tv and surfed the web for no reason, you’ll remember all those times you took a step out of your comfort zone and did something different and incredible, you’ll remember all the people you’ve met and all of the experiences you’ve had. So just remember that success isn’t always defined by money and houses, it’s defined by all the experiences you’ve had in your life and the priceless memories you’ve made along the way.

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”

― Benjamin Franklin

Last Day of Facebook!!

Sorry for the countdown of me deleting my Facebook. I should probably just do it and not really tell anyone but that doesn’t seem fair! A lot of people have been asking me why I’m deleting it or asking me not to. For me, Facebook is a distraction. It allows me to focus on people who I haven’t seen in YEARS and I scroll through pictures and pictures of people I will never talk to ever again. Yes, the “stalking” was a thing of mine. But I would spend hours a week just scrolling. It’s such a waste of time. I totally get that it’s a way to stay connected with people. I love all my friends that I haven’t seen in a while and Facebook was a good way to be able to see what they’re doing but I want things to be more personal! So, email me your pictures of your fantastic trip to Thailand, or your new video of your new puppy or whatever. Tell me all about it by calling me or skyping me! I want connections back in my life as ridiculously cheesy as that sounds. Interestingly, I saw someone post this on Facebook this morning and it feels like a great ending to this post.

 

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So, if you want my email it’s dreambiglivebigger67@gmail.com and there, you can ask me for me phone number or Skype!

 

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”