How did that happen.
17 days and it's wheels up and I"m heading to the U S of A!
I"m off to Blogher13 and I'm excited and overwhelmed, I haven't packed and I have a To Do list that doesn't seem to be getting any shorter.
I can hardly believe that I'm going, It's not just the conference that I'm excited about, but the whole experience of travelling, and of visiting my beloved America again, after 16 long years.
My friends know that I'm obsessed by two things, the colour green, and America! Not a day has gone by since the first time I visited this amazing country, that I haven't thought of, or been reminded of my first overseas holiday, all those years ago.
I was a wide eyed, twenty something, first time traveller, and I have such fond memories of the month I travelled through America. My life changed after that, it really did, because I realised there was so much to see in the world, so many people to meet, and memories that will stay with me forever.
So now I'm going back. I'm older now, and married with children. I'm still confident in what I'm doing, and it doesn't worry me that I'm going alone.
And that's the thing. I won't be alone. I"ve already connected with many bloggers online from America, Australia and a lovely girl from France (hi Jennie!). As Virginia wrote today "we are hanging out now, we are socializing so we have a frame of reference when we meet in person. We have icebreakers".
So when I arrive in Chicago, I'll have friends waiting for me, and it will be amazing.
Happy 4th of July to my new friends, and to a country that holds my heart so dear.