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Boston Train Ride Blog Post 


Good Afternoon from a train track moving from Boston Back Bay Station to New York City Penn St Station. The family and me are currently travelling to NY via a really rickety train zooming through the American Country. Unfortunately my brother gets travel sick, like me and my mother, so we have the curtains closed so that I can’t see anything coming past.

We are travelling via train because it was the most cost affective way to do it for a group of 5 and it was quicker than getting a coach. Overall I would rather sit on a London Midland train travelling to Edinburgh, even though we are in business class. There is hardly any space for luggage so I am on a constant look out for people going for our luggage. But we’re moving on to our next location.
New York.

So yesterday we spent the day walking around Boston. There is so much to see and do, but when there is a weather warning saying how hot it is going to be, you may need to pay attention and find some places to visit that have Air Con. You could spot the Brits from a mile away because we were the only idiots walking around the city at 2pm in the afternoon when the sun was at its hottest. We are all burnt, but I have a new found love for Air Con and blister plasters!

I also think my dress melted because it was that hot. It was short at the beginning of the day and down by my ankles by the time I collapsed in the hotel room at about 4pm.

We left the hotel at 8.30am and started walking towards the Boston Tea Party Museum. It was on the Charles River and it was beautiful to look at with most of it and 2 replica ships on the river itself. As tourists do, we decided to do the reenactment tour.
We were all given a small card that had a name of someone who was involved in the Tea Party. At first I honestly thought it had something to do with George Washington and the signing of the declaration of Independence, but it wasn’t. The Americans hundreds of years ago were run by the British. The king at the time, King George the Third, began a tax on Importing tea into America. Therefore a rebellion started and the people of Boston decided to Dump the tea from the Ships into the river.
So we walked around for a while and I was given the name Thomas Melville. The Grandfather of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. This dude had a few important moments throughout the tour and was often brought up by the actors.So I was started at really awkwardly throughout the day.
But it was really fun and I enjoyed myself. I loved the gift shop as it was full of Tea and being a Brit who has done nothing but drink nasty old tea for 2 days, I decided that I would give it a miss and expected there to be more bad tea.
(If someone read this, I didn’t bring tea bags because I’m an idiot and forgot… if you send any parcel, send Tea Rations!! )

Anyway after that we walked up the coast and toured the Harbour. It was really hot so it felt like the longest walk of my life… and I have done my Duke of Edinburgh.

We eventually got the Subway to Fenway. We didn’t actually go to Fenway Park and have a tour around the grounds… no we went to the gift shop across the road and spent an hour in there looking for something for my large brother to buy. I would like to add that my brother is really tall and for some reason nothing fit him.
But I brought a Red Socks Cap, which looks pretty great on. I’m a happy bunny with that and it means I can keep the sun out of my eyes for some of the trip… and cover up bad hair days.

We then had pizza, watched a lot of American TV and went to sleep again. The TV IS CRAP… mostly just adverts and people moaning about the heat and news. There is a lot about the presidential vote and what not. I have to admit it is more mind numbing than the Brexit TV.

So we are on a train heading towards New York and I’m pretty excited. I’m sure I’m going to love it and I will check back in on tomorrow evening.

Say in touch,

R

9 Days to go!!

It is full speed ahead! There is so much to do and not enough time to do it. I’m so busy working right up until the last bit I can’t seem to find time to sort everything out. My first tip if you were thinking about an IEC… book some more time off before you leave. You may thank yourself from escaping from the stress!

But I thought I would let you know some of the important things I have found helpful. A lot of it is going to cost some money, but I’m pleased with the purchases, I’m also happy know I’m am covered.

The first one is Insurance! 

In Canada they have their own health care which is similar to the British version of the NHS. Unfortunately as a IEC you wouldn’t classify for it and you will need health insurance. After hunting and asking different people, I have gone with a company called True Traveller (https://www.truetraveller.com).
You can add as much to your quote or as little. Its well priced and may seem too much at first, but you are getting insurance for 2 years at the end of the day. My insurance cost £605.00. This is a no excess policy which basically means I don’t have to pay upfront for the treatment if I need it. Which maybe helpful if I am really skint in the future. But you can cover yourself for up to 2 years which is the amount of time the UK IEC will allow you to be in the country for. There is no upfront medical and if you are under 25 you can have a free meeting with a Doctor when you get out there. Which means I can set up a prescription for me Inhalers.
When you go to the boarder you will need enough insurance to last you the 2 years otherwise you may have your time cut short. Don’t be scared about paying the money, you may need it and be thankful for the cover.

I have also taken out insurance for all my gadgets. As a photographer I have a lot of kit and need to know that it is covered so I can get jobs and sleep easy knowing that if something goes wrong, I am covered and I am not going to have a really big bill on my lap. I went with Protect Your Bubble (https://uk.protectyourbubble.com). I went with these guys because I needed world wide cover without a limit and it was the only company that offered it. I’m paying about £30.00 a month, which seems a lot compared to others, but I have a lot of kit. The only downside is that is something does go wrong, it will be send back to my UK address. But I will hopefully not need it! But yet again it is better safe than sorry!

Now I’ve also got myself 3 months worth of prescriptions… which you are allowed to get. My Doctor was not happy about doing this, but they are allowed to do it even though they may give you hell for it.

Print all your documents off! Keep them safe. Put some in your hand luggage and some in your checked in bag. Keep a digital copy on a memory stick and on an email account. You never know what is going to happen and it is better to yet again be safer than sorry.
Also photocopy your passport. There is nothing worse than loosing it and being stuck!

This is all I can think of right now. I’m planning on doing a packing list, but like I said I am very busy and may not have time.
But as I’m all done with all my insurance, I’m going to stick on a film and crack on with my packing.

Keep a note of everything.
You’re brain will be scrambled.

Keep in touch,

R

17 Days to go!

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So the time for me to leave the country I have lived my whole life is fast approaching. The decision to leave has had many ups and downs, but I’m going and it is full speed ahead.

This whole idea came about when I was talking about going travelling after graduation. I was planning on working for a year and then going across America, doing a camp for a summer and then travelling across Canada via motor home. A friend of mine was very keen on joining me on this trip, until she decided to follow her sisters foot steps and apply for a IEC Working Holiday Visa. This would allow her to stay and work in Canada for 2 years.
At first I was still stuck on actually going travelling instead of settling down in one place and working, but hearing my friend talk about it with so much excitement as she got her visa, I knew from that moment that it was something I wanted to do to. So I applied.

The process for the application was a long and expensive one. There was a lot of paper work I had to get together and pay for. I had to pay for the visa itself, a police check and have a medical because I currently working in a rehab. Once all this was sorted out the visa was accepted and I was so excited I cried down the phone to my Mum.

So now I’m about to leave in 17 days. First of all I’m going to America with my Family on holiday, travelling some of the east coast and visiting family in Northampton MA. Which is funny because I live in Northampton UK.
I’m flying into Boston, spending a couple of days in Boston and then travelling on to New York. From there I am going to Philadelphia and then onto Washington D.C before going to Northampton for a couple of days before my Family fly back to the UK.
From there I will fly onto Toronto. I will spend a few days exploring my first look at Canada before I get a train (Which will day 3 and a half days) to Vancouver, where I will meet my friends Sister and we will start my our new life, before my friend joins us later on in the year.

Now I am pretty much set up and ready to go, but I’m nervous and still feel like I have a 101 things that I still need to do.
But the purpose of this blog is to let everyone know what I am up too in more depth than a Facebook post and to help anyone who is applying for a IEC Working Holiday Visa and what they can expect from my experience.
I have read a couple of blogs that have helped me along the way and settled my nerves including a group on Facebook with is amazing, but I wanted to help out as many people as possible, whilst keeping people up to date with what I’m doing.

The lead up to my flight I will fill in some more information about what I’m doing and what I’m taking with me when I  fly out, but this was to start everything off.

This may not last very long, but I’m going to give it as much effort I have. I may even start some Vlogs, but we shall see about that one.

Anyway,

Stay Tuned,

R