Vaccinations, Visas, and Copacabana

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Nov 09, 2010

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Bedias Country House

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Okay, I know I will be hard pressed to get any sympathy from any of you--but here goes anyway--leaving your house, job, family, friends and pets to travel for a year is stressful.  I have a 70 sheet spiral notebook where I am tracking to-do lists and documenting research.  There are currently 9 tabs on it and I am annoyed with myself for letting the movers pack up the tabs so I can't add any more :)  We've had to get vaccinations for Hepititis A&B, rabies, yellow fever, typhoid, H1N1, seasonal flu, and Japanese Encephalitis.  Plus prescriptions for tamiflu, malaria, and 3 types of antibiotics- I need to find out if we can even get through airport security or if we will be arrested for trafficking! 

I also spent no less than 8 hours researching options for international cell phones. I ended up ordering a GSM quad band phone from with a SIM card that will give me a UK and a US number.  It should arrive by Friday, giving me a week to play with it.  I called Apple and they seemed "reasonably" sure I could forward my current number to the new international-capable US number, but I didn't get a very warm fuzzy that anyone had every actually asked that question before (anyone know of anyone who has done this??)  I've also spent about 4 hours reading about international insurance (if my dad wasn't a broker it would've been 100 hours), countless hours researching which countries need visas (and then a boatload of cash to hand it over to a visa service to handle it for us).  What I realized earlier today is-- I was doing all of the planning for stuff that could go wrong, and none of the fun planning, like "how long will we stay in Argentina before heading to Macchu Picchu?" 

So, I booked our first hotel--I decided we should ease into the hardcore backpacking/camping, so I booked our first 3 nights using points at the Copacabana Marriott in Rio de Janeiro.  :) ahhhh, that feels better...
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Linda on

Music and fashion were always the passion at the Copa! ;-)

I will seriously grieve if you have to change your cell phone # of so many years.

James on

Preperation, schmeperation! :) We want to hear about the unbearable lightness of not having a job and this being the first day of the rest of your life, etc! Don't forget your toothbrush or hand sanitizer though >;-]

Liz on

I think we all may need a night in a 5 star hotel Rio by the time you leave :-)!
It will be fun to live vicariously through your adventures. We'll be holding our breath and holding you and Jeff in the Light.

Bryan Plaster on

get skype, I'm getting the kids setup to follow aunt tam round the world

Bo on

Roll Hard and come back to the Bedias Mecca when you are done

Irene on

Good luck and let me know if you need any help. MP and all of Peru is fantastic. If you need a place to stay in Buenos Aires, let me know....a friend has a hotel in Palermo.

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