I have no experience traveling abroad and the thought of our first flight has completely electrified my day to day existence. I am so thrilled to be taking this trip, and the fact that it is now just four months away is almost too much to handle.
We finally bought our first tickets last week, and we leave January 8, 2014.
I recently parted with my book collection, which was almost impossible for me to imagine before we had confirmation of our flight, but once it became real to me I quickly loaded up the car and took my science fiction collections to Borderlands, and the rest to Dog Eared Books. I made a quick hundred bucks and donated about half of what I had brought. It was incredibly freeing to just walk away from something that I had been carrying with me for years, and although I was a little bit sad, I was more happy to share my collection with other people.
The process of shedding all of these material things that I had formed such a bond with is really incredible. I have sold my bike, and started paring down my closet in preparations for my focused wardrobe that I will be carrying around on my back. There is a rush that I feel as I continue to lighten my possessions.
My brother stopped by for a night on his journey from San Diego to Seattle and he bought all of our electronics and took some important documents and small items that we didn't want to lose. That was our one concession to the everything must go mentality that has been adopted.
To add to the surreal feeling I have been having is the fact that our condo is for sale, and they are showing it every other day. Its bizarre to know that people are meandering the half empty rooms of our home probably wondering what on earth is going on. Or perhaps they shake their heads and wonder how on earth we afford the place we live in, since we are obviously so impoverished we can't afford to decorate our apartment in any way. Either way, it's unnerving to be on continuous guard that people are mulling amongst the possessions we do have left.
During this next week, Joe and I are nailing down a timeline, and will share it on our blog so that you can have a better idea of where exactly we are planning on going. We will also post our budget and what we are taking with us just in case you would like to come with!
by Kayci Weaver