Down to the wire...
Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
39Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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As my first official blog, I'm happy to report that I have nothing to report. My trip has not yet begun. I'm in that frenetic phase of making lists of things to do, things to pack, and getting all of my affairs in order before I take off for 2 months. Simple, boring stuff like making sure my bills will be paid, my mail will be held, my house is clean so I can return to a tidy home.
I haven't packed a single thing yet, that will probably happen tomorrow. I'm actually kind of excited to pack because I just got new luggage that I'm itching to use. I got a nice Crumpler camera/laptop backpack that I really think is going to make my life so much easier on this trip. But don't worry my trusty-rusty green Jansport, you're coming along too! I've had that old Jansport for 20 years and I've taken it on every trip I've ever gone on, literally! I think I'll fold it up in the lining of my new suitcase, a nice little 21" roller duffle. There's an odd pocket that I can't imagine using for anything else. Packing will be quite an ordeal tomorrow. I will be living out of these two small, carry-on bags (yes, that's right, I NEVER check bags any more, no matter how big the trip), for the next two months, so I'll have to choose well the things I'll carry with me.
So, before I go, why am I starting my blog now, 5 days before I actually leave the country? Well, for starters, I'll actually be leaving the day after tomorrow to attend a conference for my school on "Professional Learning Communities" in St. Charles. I'm actually really excited about this, even though it is work related. And once I leave my house on Wednesday afternoon, I won't see this place again for quite a long time. I've traveled for long periods before, last summer I was gone for almost as many days, but I had stopovers at home along the way. This time, it's a solid 2 months in a different bed nearly every night, I'll watch the sun rise and set in 14 different countries. As exciting and adventurous as that sounds, I know that this time I'll long for home in a way that I haven't for a long time. Some of the stops along the way are places that used to be really scary, like the Balkans back in the 90s. Other places are still scary today, like Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. I'll meet a lot of new people from many walks of life. I'll meet up with old friends like Silja and David in Germany, and hopefully Manfred in Vienna, and Chris L. in Albania. I'll enjoy part of this trip with my family. My mom and Mike, and Jay, and many of their friends, will be part of our tour through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. So, that's why I'm starting this now. Getting my feet wet, so to speak, before things really get going. I hope that this blog will be a way to stay grounded, tethered to home, in a way that normally I try to avoid. Travel for me has always been a liberating affair. I think it still will be this summer, but let's see what happens when I finally try to do what people have been begging me to do for years. Write it down!