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Em eye see kay ee why, em oh you ess ee

17 Mar

“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”

~ Walt Disney

One option that I didn’t include in my visa trip destination poll was Orlando, Florida. Mainly because I didn’t think of it.

But once I realised that if it’s cheap to go to Miami then it’s probably cheap to go to Orlando, and Orlando is home to Walt Disney World… I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

Disney! Like most daydreamers I know, I’ve wanted to go there since I was a little girl. Unlike most daydreamers I know, at age seven I had to live through the injustice of my father going to Disneyland without me.

That’s right. I was seven and my dad went to Disney. Without me.

For a girl who used to dance around her bedroom with a dressing gown on a coat hanger singing, I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream…* I can’t even begin to describe how cruel this was.

(In dad’s defence he was on a 3-month work trip to the US, and he did bring me back a whole truckload of Disney goodies, but as we all should know, hearing about Disney is not the same as going to Disney.)

Which is why I’ve decided to visit Disney and experience the magic myself.

At first I was sure about travelling to the Most Magical Place on Earth on my own, but a quick Google search indicated that a solo trip to Walt Disney World could be a super(califragilisticexpialidocious) holiday:

The Top 10 Reasons to Go to Disney World Solo

Travelling alone to disney world

Top 10 reasons to travel solo to Disney World

So it’s settled. I’ve bought my flights, booked accommodation, selected park tickets and even arranged for a Disney holiday specialist to help me out with my touring plans.

I can’t wait. Look out Mickey and friends, here I come!

Princess Aurora

*It took a long time for me to reconcile the fact that ‘being Princess Aurora’ was not a valid career choice.

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Tener siempre algo para dar

17 Mar

Keep Calm

My AFS guarantee pack, sent to me before I left Australia, contained all the information a prospective exchange student or volunteer abroad participant would need to know about living and working in Honduras.

The ‘Community Service Program’ document was 22 pages long and contained general information about Honduras, volunteer work, the country’s culture and customs, living with a host family, AFS rules and costs. Another document, titled ‘Safety Manual’ was 28 pages long.

When the document covering safety and security is longer than the document covering the entire program, you can safely assure Toto that you’re not gonna be in Kansas any more.

During my AFS orientation weekend we received a presentation on safety and on my first day at UNICEF I received a briefing from UN security. Both talks were actually quite good at striking the balance between reassuring us that it is possible to live here happily and safely and explaining that the risks are real and we need to take them seriously.

All the advice resolves around reducing risks. Don’t take public transport. Don’t go out at night. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Try to avoid travelling on your own, particularly if you’re a woman. Don’t carry valuables with you.

And if you’re robbed, hand everything over quickly and without discussion. Do not argue. My UN briefing had the following in all capital letters: NUNCA RESISTIR. (Never resist.)

A family friend’s son was walking their dog a few weeks ago when he was accosted by two youths who jumped off a motorbike and demanded his phone.

We’re not sure whether he said something they didn’t like or wasn’t quick enough with handing over the phone, but to show their displeasure they shot the family pet in the head.

The poor boy was traumatised, but the reality is, he was lucky. It could have been much worse.

The other bit of advice that’s been repeated to me several times is to always carry something to give the thieves. There have been cases where people have been shot simply for not having enough on them to satisfy their assailant.

If I’m out and about I always make sure I’ve got some cash on me, just in case. It seems a little paranoid, but here in Tegus the phrase, “it’s better to be safe than sorry” has taken on a whole new meaning. It certainly makes me appreciate how easy and free things are back home.