Tic toc, tic toc... the count down begins.

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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Sunday, January 8, 2006

Just about a short month left! Wow... I guess it's time to blog a little more actively.

We've been busy planning the final days of our "pre-trip". The packing has started, we've bought most of our goodies ( I'm a gadget nut ) and the debaucherous going away party is scheduled. It's just a matter of time now until we're on a plane amazed at how quickly January went by.

That's how it always goes. I purposefully avoid counting the final days but Andrea occasionally beams a big smile my way, bats her eyes in excitement and gives me the latest count.

"42 days!" was the last enthusiastic update.

Today's update would be "30 days!" if she weren't still in bed. Andrea just loves her sleep.

I rather not think of how many days are left but being the planner that I am, I can't avoid flipping through outlook and doing a quick date-check myself. As everyday goes by I try my best to not stress about all of the stuff that we still have to do before we leave!

... put the stuff in storage,
... get insurance,
... finish up all of my work stuff,
... we can't forget about the going away party,
... buy this and that,
... get the visa's,
... get some US dollars,
... setup our visit to meet Edith, my sponsored child of 3 years in Paraguay,

... and of course try to get as much work in on TravelPod as I can before I go.

This will actually be the first (big) trip we take using TravelPod since all of the great new features were added. I can't wait to get to use all of them from a traveler's perspective yet again.

*** "Say yes"

I couldn't wait any longer. Christmas morning seemed like the perfect time to ask Andrea, my girlfriend of almost 3 years, what she thought about spending the rest of her life with me...

I can't believe how nervous I was to ask. I knew she'd say yes the minute I gave her the last present, a shinny ring. I'm happy to report that she did in fact say yes, after a short spat of bear hugs, a few tears and uncontrollable giggling.

When Andrea came back to her senses, I realized that she hadn't actually said "yes". Being the nutty, detail oriented guy that I am, it wasn't official until I got a "yes".

"Is that yes?" I asked when Andrea's eyes snapped back to reality.

As if a 6 month trip to South America wasn't exciting enough, we're now engaged too!


Still a month to go before we leave, I better get back to packing.
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kevandsian on

Congratulations to you both on your engagement! How romantic ... Christmas morning, the last pressie, the anticipation, the question, the reaction and then..... your entry made me laugh, waiting for that all important 'yes'! Have a fantastic trip and may the bug never leave you!

All the Best,

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