My new sunday

Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I started this entry on the eve of my last day at work.  Beginning to process what it all forward to today, Sunday, March 28.  The day that for some brings to mind "Sunday blues" or "Woo-woos" (you know who you are) doesn't have the same meaning to me now.  On this Sunday, I'm revelling in my new status: UNemployed.  And let me say, it feels good.  Liberating, bittersweet, exciting, and relaxing!  Friday marked my last day of work in NYC after 10 years and the beginning of my 6 month hiatus.

Sam and I are now approaching T minus 12 days until our departure.  A brilliant little travel organizer site called TripIt has been a lifesaver throughout the planning of this trip.  Sam might tell you how its algorithm works, but I'll just say it's like having your very own personal travel assistant.  It compiles all of your trip details (flight itinerary, hotel confirmations, dinner reservations, car rentals, etc.) into one master itinerary document.  All you do is forward your email confirmations; it compiles everything so you have one document to print-out for your trip.  You can also manually add things like activities, sights you want to check out or other points of interest, phone numbers of people you might be visiting or want to connect with, and even more specifically, mark the days to take malaria (for us, 48).  It also shows the average daily high and low temperatures and what the forecast is in a given location on a specific day (this is my favorite feature!).  In our case, the range is from 38 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit.  Anyway, I could go on and on.  It's brilliant.  Oh, and it's free.

We spent a lot of time this weekend gathering the items we need for the trip, figuring out the electronics situation (stay tuned for our packing lists) and generally, getting organized for 4 continents, 12 countries and some 30 flights, all in 92 days.

It's an exciting journey to come but first I am getting acquainted with my newfound freedom and the idea of starting my first new Monday at a decent hour with exercise, coffee, and after that, who knows!

But until then, the apartment packing begins... with dread, I might add.
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