Pre-trip banter

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Only a few weeks to go! The excitement (and nervous anticipation) is killing me!!!

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In a lot of ways, our thoughts have already been traveling for a while. I guess it shouldn't be that surprising that we have been undergoing a dramatic shift in thinking. The trip has been dominating our thoughts, finances, activities, and conversations. Every time we go shopping, the questions arise of whether we'd have to store it, if it will fit us when we get back, will we use it all before we depart, will it would cut into our trip budget, etc. We are continually contemplating and planning out the details, investigating routings, and poring through stacks of guidebooks. Time horizons have been boiled down to "while we are away" or "when we get back".

In many ways, I'm ahead of Katie in the psychological adjustment. I have done a number of extended trips before, while her longest time abroad has been only for two weeks. The uncertainties of being away from home, family, and friends for an extended are weighing heavily. She's struggling with all this while also being extremely busy at work. My school year and workload have been winding down so I've been able to do a lot of thinking, reading, and planning that Katie has not had the hours or energy to devote to. I'm relieved that she will have a bit of time to decompress and catch up before we leave familiar surroundings.

Thankfully the big and little pre-trip details are coming together very smoothly. We've gotten all our shots, set up online access for everything, figured out most of our flights and logistics, and tried to plan for most contingencies. Of course our biggest worry was the care of Forbin, World's Greatest Dog. Like us, he is going to be taking a vacation from big city-life. He'll have the run of his grandparent's house (and their large grassy backyard) in Atlanta. From what Katie has told me, they will spoil him rotten; you know...letting him sleep on the bed, eating table scraps, etc. Another concern we would have had while we are away was who would be living in our apartment. In a perfect coincidence, it turned out that one of Katie's co-workers and her husband were planning on moving to Hoboken around the same time we were heading out, a win-win situation. We'll sleep easy knowing our dog and home are in good hands.

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aurangabad on

state of mind . . .
no destination i've ever traveled to has much to do with my preconceived fantasies of the place, even if it's a place i've been reading about for years or decades. the sense of place is always a thousand times richer when you are actually there, and no video or book or heritage can prep you for it. world travel is a state of mind; you're in it even when you're back home doing mundane daily things, it's kinda like a superconsciousness that's just there.

wallysmg on

Forbin, we are looking forward to your joining our family in Atlanta, Georgia for the next year or so. Kacey, your cousin, is all excited about your arrival and playing in the back yard. Do you like to go to the park? If so, we'll be sure to take both of you to the Chattahoochee River park often. Be sure to bring all your toys with you when you come on down south. Love, Grandpa

ldecker on

Wow, that's a long time!
Todd and Katie:
We are sure you are anticipating a bit of nervousness and excitement as you spend your last week in Hoboken for a 'while.' This is a trip of a lifetime that most people are unable or unwilling to participate. You are very fortunate and brave! Our best to you and we will all learn a lot from your travels. Good luck and may your journey be without too many 'bumps in the road.' Love you,MOM and DAD D.

stacit on

Bon Voyage
I hope you both have an incredible time. I am looking forward to living vicariously through your travels. While you are heading to exotic destinations I will be dining on lobster in Maine. Enjoy! Can't wait for the updates.

peg218 on

Lazy summer days in Hoboken
We were thinking of you guys and a picnic on the pier in Hoboken today! ...but alas you're on the beach and gearing up. Wear your sunblock!

billblogs on

gday and goodluck from Aus
Hi Todd,
Sitting here knocking back a beer with Mel and Pete talking about our own travels and memories... Good luck!

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