I am a 43-year-old Canadian who works in arts & culture. I live in Winnipeg which is where I was born and to where I will always return. I always enjoyed traveling but had never ventured outside of North America in my first 23 years of life.

Twenty years ago I ventured out on my first solo international trip. I kept journals. I took photos. Having not looked at it all since then, I’ve decided to revisit the journey in my first blog, recounting what I wrote exactly 20 years to the day, reflecting on who I was and how it contributed to who I am today.

I had planned to spend the first couple of months in England, Ireland and Scotland. Then I was go to Wales for the summer to go WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and learn bee-keeping. After that I would spent 4 months in the fall traveling continental Europe to return home just before Christmas. At least that was the plan…