The planning stage

Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
Trip End Jul 19, 2006

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

We leave in exactly 39 days! It's finally time to get down to the nitty-gritty, including setting up the travelogue.

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. Sure we'll see the Pyramids and take a boat up the Amazon, but I already know that our favorite stories will be about the time when we found a good spot to people watch or when James and Erin hung out with the local kids. Check out the Costa Rica entries if you wonder what I mean.

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.
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croixfamily on

The coolest family I know
I feel honored that you are including me in your list of 'important
people' to share your journey with! I still dream about Costa Rica
sometimes, and I'm not sure if you knew that Beth Hanna now teaches children
in Guatamala. Remember her? La Fortuna? Once you begin seeing new
places it becomes addicting I think. I'm excited to hear about Peru
because it's a future destination for me as well (after I learn some more
Spanish... Mi Espanol es muy horible todo via!)
As for me, I took a group of my high school students to Italy and
France last summer, and we're going back again this summer! After that I
think I will take a break from the tour thing and travel sola again.
Happy New Year and Happy Travels!

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