We haven’t had the best year.
When I was pregnant with Jacob I was so sick I could barely function. I spent most of my waking hours vomiting, I couldn’t even keep water down, and on several occasions had to get my fluids through a drip at the hospital.
After Jacob was born it took a month before I was feeling back to normal from my c-section, and much longer than that to be able to function normally.
And to top it off, exactly a month after Jacob was born we found out Dan had an regressive tumour devouring 80% of one of his vertebra in this neck. (at the same time we found out the house we will living in was getting sold and we have 2 weeks to vacate… and all the while I was looking for a new job since Dan could no longer work.)
Needless to say, we weren’t having the best run.
But now, dare I say it, things appear to be looking up again.
I got a great temp job that I really enjoyed, I had steady work, and we were able to save up some money. Dan’s surgery went well and although it took a couple months before he could swallow, he is now eating again. Even one thing we thought he might never be able to do again….drive… he is back doing just the same as before.
They even offered me a permanent position at my job.
So does that mean it is the end of travelling?
Well no… because at the same time they offered me the permanent job I found out I would have to start the training two weeks late. (they were willing to be flexible for me)
And then a day before they were going to make the offer official, two things happened:
- We found out our new rental house is getting sold, and we have to move out. (I think we are good luck charms for selling houses….)
- Some family things came up with my family back in Canada who I haven’t seen in three years
So at the last moment. I withdrew from the permanent job.
Travel is back on the table!
I figured, when will we have another opportunity where we can travel for an extended period of time without paying rent at the same time? Also by withdrawing from the job before family issues may have forced me to quit anyways a month or two in, I leave myself in a position where no bridges are burnt and I can (hopefully) return to the job at the later time.
So what is our plan?
Well last week we spent the week in the far north of Queensland. Posts about that coming soon. And now we have gone to New Caledonia for two weeks. But all these things were planned before we decided not to take the permanent job.
Well, Canada is going to be on the destination list for sure. I need to spend time with my family (and eat way too much at all my favourite restaurants.) And poor Australian Dan needs to learn a thing or two about a Winnipeg winter. But after that anything is a possibility.
We both have family in Europe, and all my stuff is still in storage over there, so a hop across the pond is certainly on the cards. Although our actually time in Europe itself may be short as we are currently weighing up two potential destinations starting with a T…. Turkey and Tunisia.
But who knows! Maybe we will end up somewhere completely different!