Things are finally starting to fall into place this week. You may have noticed that the “Rent Our House!” tab has disappeared from our page. Utilizing our “kindness of strangers” approach, we were able to secure a renter for the duration of our trip! Our friends, John and Alicia, were able to refer a great tenant our way. Our hope has always been to find a friend-of-a-friend to rent to, someone we can trust with our greatest asset. So, thanks guys: you’ve taken a real load off of our shoulders.
I’ve always said that once our tickets were purchashed and our house was rented, the rest was just details. With those big items checked off our mounting to-do list, I am able to shift my focus to some of the smaller (and more interesting) things that need to be accomplished before July 13. This week I began a photograph class. People keep telling me to “take lots of great pictures” on our trip, which is a tall order. I bought a nifty camera nearly a year ago, and thus far I’ve only mastered the automatic settings. Realizing I need to learn how to operate the manual settings to do anything cool and artsy, I signed up for a photography class. Once we hit the road we plan on creating photo galleries for each country we visit, so hopefully you’ll be able to witness the fruits of my labor. I’m not the ideal photographer; it’s a technical craft for which I find I have very little patience (I still can’t, for the life of me, understand the concept of an f-stop and how it relates to aperture- and shutter-priority). But a girl can dream! We’re still trying to figure out the best way to store and back-up our photos from the road. Our computer probably won’t store much, so we’ve considered buying an iPod to store photos. We’ve also thought about buying a number of memory cards and storing photos that way; or, some combination of those two methods. If any one has any brilliant ideas to this end, we’re all ears.
We finished our final round of vaccinations this week, and are now guarded against nearly every disease that one can be vaccinated for. We’ve spent so much time at the New Mexico Travel Health Clinic over the past two months that the nurse actually gave us a hug on the way out and asked us to send her a postcard. I’m honestly not sure what I’ll do with my Friday mornings anymore.
In other news, my backpack that’s been on order from REI arrived this week! I was excited to pick it up at the store and have it fitted on Thursday. I still feel a little panicked when I see how small it is, but that’s just the way it’s gonna have to be. I had an interesting conversation with the employee who fitted the bag for me, who had obviously done a great deal of extended international travel. It’s fun to find a fellow soul who you can debate the relative pros and cons of bringing more than two pairs of shoes with. We also discussed, at length, how to pack lightly without looking like a bum or about to embark on a safari. One issue in which he had a definite opinion was the Eagle Creek packing folders and cubes. The one commonality I’ve seen in all RTW packing lists is the addition of these flexible packing products. They are supposed to make your backpack infinitely more organized and compact. Stay tuned as The Mystery of How to Get Eight Months Worth of Stuff in One Bag continues…3 comments