Hawaiian Summer Camp,  Meta-Blogging

Blog Updates for 2013 and Where I’m Going Next

I made a few changes to the blog today. The most important is that I decided to buy my URL so, for the rest of the year, I am the proud owner of “anopportunemoment.com.”

I also came up with a concrete update schedule. For now, I’m updating four times a week. On Sundays and Thursdays, I’ll be blogging about places I’ve been while on Tuesday and Friday I’ll be continuing my weekly features (Tea Tuesday and Weekly Travel Inspiration).

Although I got home from Europe a month ago, I still need to write about the majority of The Great European Adventure. For that reason, my Sunday blog posts will continue to be about Europe and will follow my trip chronologically. Tea Tuesday and Weekly Travel Inspiration are sometimes related to wherever I’m blogging about on Sundays, but not always.

But what will I be blogging about on Thursdays, you ask? Excellent question!

Now that we’re done with the housekeeping part of this blogpost, we’ve arrived at the exciting news…

This time next week I’ll be in Hawaii!

I had planned on hanging up my backpack for a little bit longer, maybe even getting an apartment in Boston with my boyfriend, E, and *gasp* finding a job. However, while I was gallivanting around Europe, E was working in New Hampshire and saving up enough money to take a trip with me. We decided it would be better to do something exciting now and start working full time and paying bills later.

E and I — from our 4 year anniversary last weekend

For the next month or two, we’ll be doing a work-trade program at an organic farm on Maui, which means we’ll be working on the farm and at the farm stand 25 hours a week in exchange for room and board.

I have to give credit where credit is due because we didn’t come up with this brilliant plan ourselves. We’re actually joining E’s older sister, who has been in Hawaii for eight months now working on various farms, and E’s older brother who she convinced to come to Hawaii before she started trying to get us over there. If you heard her descriptions of the place, you wouldn’t be able to resist either.

So there you have it. On Thursdays, I’ll be blogging about life on a farm in Hana, Hawaii. That being said, there may not be a post next Thursday because E and I will be jetlagged after traveling for over 20 hours and sleeping in the San Diego airport Wednesday night.

It’s gonna be fun!

Now I just have to think of a pithy name for this next adventure… any suggestions?

Don’t worry, it doesn’t actually need to be that pithy, “The Great European Adventure” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Regardless, I hope you’ll stick around to hear about Europe and Hawaii. It’s shaping up to be a great year already!

Emma Holliday is well-traveled. After 5 years in Boston, she and her husband upended their lives to move to Berlin where she is currently writing a (funny) book about travel and grief and attempting to learn German.

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  • ianwillisburnette

    I’ve been doing some comparisons regarding what this week is like and what next week is going to be like. Judging by what the low tomorrow night is going to be and what the temperature is in Hawaii right now, I’m looking at a difference of 98 degrees. The outdoor temperature range I’ll be exposed to over five days is equivalent to my entire body temperature.

    • opportunemma

      That’s amazing and ridiculous. Amazingly ridiculous even. On my last trip, I went from the beach in Rhode Island to near freezing temperatures in Iceland over the course of three days, but yours is a little more drastic…

    • opportunemma

      I’m sorry you’re green with envy, but I’m glad you’ll be following along anyway! I’m excited to hear about what you’re doing next now that your internship is coming to a close…

  • Priscilla Purinton

    Sounds like a wonderful idea! Leaving New England while it’s grey and cold and going to HAWAII!! Brilliant… but don’t you dare leave without sending me your rough draft expat paper. Are you WWOOFing or is this a strictly personal connection to work on the farm? How nice for E to be with family and with you. Bet you can talk your Mom into visiting:).

    • opportunemma

      People usually find the farm we’ll be working at through WWOOF, but E’s sister is our “in” so to speak, so we just sent a message directly to the farm and she gave us a great reference. And, as far as the expat paper goes, it should be in your inbox now. Sorry again for the delay.

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