The planning stage
Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
20Trip End Jul 19, 2006
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It seems like the planning stage has lasted forever, given the delay of a year. But it's really been more of a dreaming stage since we don't have many plans yet. So far we have a map with some pins in it, a guidebook for Peru, a basic outline of where we'll be when, and RT tickets to Peru and London. Ok, that's not quite true, but we're leaving the arrangements to be made on the road. I know many of you are probably hyperventilating just thinking about it, but it works for us.
Our favorite moments have always been when we just sit still for a while and allow a place to sink in. It literally feels like you begin to absorb the place; its feel, scent, sounds, and even a strong sense of its people
We're excited about whatever is ahead of us and hope that you all enjoy it too. We've e-mailed you info about our travelogue because you're an important part of our lives and we want to share these life altering moments with you as they happen. So hang on, it should be an interesting ride.
Addendum January 17: We leave now in 22 days and I've been asked by almost everyone what the plan is. So here's the basic itinerary, keeping in mind that most of this is subject to change and only Peru tickets and the round trip in and out of Europe have been purchased:
Feb 8-March 29: Peru. This includes several days teaching English on an island in Lake Titicaca, Macchu Picchu (maybe hiking the Inca trail, maybe not), and about 2 weeks in the Amazon.
March 29-April 1: home for a couple of days to deal with the kids school issues (take midterms) and see their dad.
April 2-early May: Eastern Europe. We'll fly into Prague and stay a few days with Zuska (Suzanne) and Petr. After that we'll make it up, working our way by train and bus to Athens.
May: Egypt. We may be here a few weeks or we may decide that we hate Egypt and leave immediately (I've heard plenty of horror stories).
June and early July - Tanzania. Erin's planning this part. So far it looks like a safari, a week(ish) camping in some mountains that I can't remember the name of, and laying around on beaches on Zanzibar, Mafia, and Songo-Songo.
From there a few days in London to reacclimate before heading home on July 19.