Here We Go!

Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 21, 2009.  After months of preparation, our house was all packed up and moved out - the mountain of tasks all were completed - the goodbyes had been cried out - and the only thing Murray and I had left to do was get ourselves to the airport to start this crazy round-the-world trip we planned several months back.  [Clarification - destinations were thought of, and tickets were booked, several months ago, but that's about the farthest we got in planning this big trip!  Not exactly how the Navy man likes to sail, I might add.  Grin.] 

Arriving at the airport, I thought that after we finally boarded the airplane at BWI - to NYC first, then on to Reykjavik - an overwhelming sense of relief/phew! would sweep over me.  But it didn't.  I made some last-minute calls to friends and family at both airports (before my cell phone was permanently shut off!)... and perused our Iceland travel guide... but mostly I just felt tired out from the last few weeks, and fought to keep my eyes open.

Our official "Goodbye Nash Bash" was held days earlier, on October 17, at James Hoban's Restaurant & Bar in Dupont Circle.  It was a great goodbye time with friends.  With over 50 people there, it was so good to see everyone for one last time - yet (as always happens) frustrating not to be able to spend as much quality time with every guest as we would've liked.  [Thanks, so much, to everyone who was able to attend.  It meant so much to us both!]

Still - the gals made the evening extra special, creating homemade (and beautiful!) centerpieces for every table, ordering an awesome "bon voyage" cupcake cake, and providing a huge picture of Murray and me on which people could sign a goodbye message.  What friends!

A few nights later, on October 20 - our very last night in DC - the gals and I (plus Murray and one other husband!) got together for one final hurrah, ending the evening outside The Melting Pot in a huge group hug with all of us crying.  [I'm going to miss you guys so much - and DC, and especially my family.]

Because, of course - in case you haven't already heard - not only are Murray and I taking an 11-week trip around the world - when we finally arrive in Canberra, Australia, in mid-January 2010, we are there for good!  So, yes, there's a lot going on in our lives right now!  [If you only knew the half of it!]

Fast forward to tonight, which is actually around 11pm in Reykjavik on 10/22/09.  At the insistence and encouragement of several family friends, I'm just now putting together this travel blog site to keep those of you who are interested updated on our adventures over the coming weeks.  [And also, so that I can remember what Murray and I did and saw during this trip!  And also, so that my friend Liz knows that I'm alive as the weeks progress!]  We have our new little wireless netbook along on these travels, and while I can't promise the blogging won't be incredibly dry, and/or poorly written, and/or filled with errors, and/or written quickly, and/or written under severe sleep deprivation, and/or regularly kept up-to-date...  I can promise to try to stay on top of it all so that you can come along for the ride.

With love to everyone who's thinking about (and praying for!) us... (we sure are thinking about all of you!)

AnnaLisa (and, ok, Murray too - although he's been snoring loudly in bed for the last hour!)

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