Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
34Trip End Jan 17, 2008
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I can't say much about what's happened so far, beyond the fact that the reality of what I'm doing - going on a seven week trip, travelling to the Middle East - is settling in in short little bursts, which I assume portends massive culture shock. Oh, and I can report that I got like six hours of sleep on the flight - with occasional wakeups, yes, but still sleep - and I actually feel more refreshed, which is practically a first. And the flight attendant just commented on my small laptop
When I was planning on coming on this trip, I spent an inordinate amount of time on planning what to bring. I suppose a competent therapist (or really anybody observant, which is the same thing) would say that it was a combination of the desire to buy new things (it's astounding what a large percentage of my stuff is new for this trip) and the desire for street cred (or traveller cred, or whatever). Needless to say, they're right. But I still spent a lot of time working on being able to carry on, damnit.
But it was still neat to first watch my panic over the size of my baggage - oh my god, it's so heavy and huge - once I got to the airport, and noticed I had the smallest bag of everybody in line. And they all had three bags each. I wound up strutting over the fact that I had so little stuff, and it's nice to start out with a win. So yes, I am doing a seven week trip with a single bag that is carry on legal. (Well, it almost fit the check thingy. The bag was bulging a little more than it should've.)
Yet, after all this, I checked the larger bag, moving all of my electronics and meds into the small daypack, so I don't have too carry 25 pounds of junk all over Frankfurt - in effect, I'm using checked baggage as luggage storage
Yes, folks, this is all you get. I haven't been anywhere exciting yet.
But if it's worth saying, it's worth analyzing in detail:
Of my stuff for this trip, 26% of the weight is clothing (not including the outfit I'm wearing). 15% is the luggage I'm carrying around. About 13.5% each in photographic equipment and books/paper things. (The latter is actually more now; I bought a Thomas Friedman book in the airport. Haven't opened it of course.) This computer (I love my Eee PC) is about 11% of the weight, and the remaining 13.7% is "misc", including a couple electronic gizmos, my toiletries and all the little cruft I carry.
So I'm well equipped, or at least I can truthfully say I spent a lot of time (and money) being equipped. Let's see what happens when the real world applies.