Even this first stage -- preparation -- has been tough. We just spent about 3 hours and too much money buying last-minute travel necessities, and just those trips to the mall and through commercial spaces left me worn out. I've turned into a curmudgeon, and I'm only 27!
Another recent challenge: packing our bags. We had to squeeze all our worldly possessions into two oversize duffles, two regular duffles, two carry-on suitcases, and two backpacks. That seems like a lot of room, but it isn't when you have a huge library and tons of accumulated crap. But we overcame that task and even managed to fit everything in our trusty Honda Fit!
|our car, filled with our crap|
Another challenge: saying goodbye to family and friends. Though I've tried to remain stoic about goodbyes, claiming that relationships won't change because of technology, I realize that's only partially true. Technology is helpful, but it can't replace face-to-face interaction.
A final challenge: saying goodbye to the comforts of American life. This pic says it all... Family and American businesses that we love!
|tim and chris getting their favorite caffeinated refreshments|
More later -- love, mel