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Monday, July 13, 2009

Begining of an adventure

As you all know I have spent the last year planning and changing my trip in September. A lot of it has changed, from 15 months in Bolivia to only a month. There have been a few reasons but it is all working out for the best. I have saved a lot but still am keeping to a budget of $7,000 for 6 1/2 months. My air fare to New Zealand and Bolivia was all done on miles. I will still be spending about $1,000 in air fare just to and around Australia. The Red Center cost a little over $600 alone, I'm sure it will be worth it. The problem with planning for Australia has basically been the fact that I am only allowed a visitor visa for up to 3 months, and there is so much to see and do there. The majority of the time in Australia will be spent working in exchange for room and board. Here is a short itinerary of the trip.

On September 8th I will be going down to Coroico Bolivia to volunteer for a month at La Senda Verve. It’s a wildlife rescue center that allows volunteers to work with all kinds of animals http://www.SendaVerde.com. I am willing to work with any animal that needs help, but I think I could bring a lot of knowledge to their bird area. I have spent plenty of time working and growing up with parrots. After a month there volunteering and traveling, on October 20th it's off to New Zealand where I will be traveling the country on a tour bus called Magic. About 3 months later I leave for Sydney Australia. I will be traveling around the red center, Tasmania, Brisbane, Sydney, and I will be volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary for orphaned wildlife. I will be doing things like bottle feeding wombats, and cleaning cloth pouches for the baby joeys! Check out the link rockycreekwildlife.info/rcwr/?cat=4

Today I got my Yellow fever and Hepatitis A shots. I’m also taking Typhoid pills, just in case! I decided on not taking Malaria pills, though it is found in Bolivia, the area I am spending my time in is not a high risk zone. Yellow fever checked for when entering Bolivia, but like all things Bolivian it's not enforced, and for the right price can be overlooked