Posts Tagged ‘countdown’

Last day of work

Today marks the last day of work for both Megan and me.  That feels really weird to say.  WOW.  We both woke up this morning like it was the last day of school before summer break.  Only this is going to be a really long summer break.

So the countowns continue.  One more day of work.  4 more days until the going away party.  15 days until we actually leave.  WOW.  It all seems a little surreal to me at times, and I don’t know that it’s all really going to hit me until our plane touches down in Peru on October 16.  Only then might I realize that everything we have on our backs is ALL we’re going to have for an entire year.  Only then might I realize that we are in a completely different place in a completely different culture who speak a completely different language.  WOW.  I know it’s not very eloquent, but that’s really all that comes to mind right now.  For those who know me, you know I’m very rarely at a loss for words, but today I am.  WOW.  That’s about all I have.


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One month to go.

1 month, 30 days, 720 hours, 43, 200 minutes, 2, 592, 000 seconds until we leave. WOW! At this time in ONE MONTH we will be in Miami. We stay the night in Miami the night of October 15, and then we take off the next morning to fly to Lima by way of Bogota.

I can’t believe it’s almost here. Megan and I have been saying that to each other for about a month now. A year and a half of planning is down to 30 days. The countdowns have been in place for a while, but now they’re all a reality. 30 days until departure. After today, 11 days of work for Megan. About 4 or 5 days of work left for me.

The checklist is dwindling. The gear is nearly bought. The going away party is planned (Thanks Mary and Tim, moms and dads, and Amy!). Time is running out. We’re really doing this. It’s surreal to me right now, and I honestly can’t believe that this dream of ours is almost about to begin. One month to go, one month to go.

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Crunch Time

We just returned from a trip to Florida with my (Megan’s) family–a chance to squeeze as much time as possible in with some of the people we love most before we take off for such a long time.  (The trip was lovely and relaxing, and we’ll be posting more about it soon.)

Since this vacation fell so close to our departure, it has served as a sort of benchmark in our minds as we were thinking about the trip.  So many times we said, “After our trip to Rosemary Beach, we’ll have just five and half weeks until we leave.”  “After Rosemary, I’ll only have three-and-a-half weeks of work!”  “We’ll sell the car after we get back from Rosemary.”  And so on.

Well, we are back from Rosemary, and crunch time is upon us.  We leave for Peru in 39 days.  The anxiety of realizing that we only have a short period of time to get all of our affairs completely in order is nerve-wracking to say the least.  It makes things more interesting that this particular couple consists of one person who is just as likely to procrastinate as she is to go to sleep at night and another person who is not only efficient, but is so organized that I’m pretty sure he was that kid who always had his homework done before it was due.  Weirdo.  Sometimes it is beautiful process of balancing each other’s extremes.  Sometimes we lose that balance as a result of all the eye-rolling and I just have to slip some valium in his breakfast.  Whatever works. 

You’ll likely be hearing from us more often as we spend more and more time thinking about and working on the final details of the trip.  Hopefully, we’ll have more interesting tidbits to report in the coming weeks than “Geez, we have a lot to do and this trip is sure coming up fast!!”

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So today marks two months until our departure.  Excitement and exhilaration has quickly turned to panic and nervousness.  Not panic and nervousness in the sense that we are rethinking our decision to take this trip (sorry moms and dads) because that is certainly not the case.  We’re more excited than ever.  But we did make a to-do list recently, and, well, let’s say it isn’t small.  But we have recently made some headway in our planning and preparations.

Just a few hours ago we booked an apartment in the San Telmo barrio (basically another word for neighborhood; I’m just trying to sound smart) of Buenos Aires for a month.  So that tightens up the itinerary just a bit.  We now have three things set in stone.  We will leave St. Louis on October 15 and fly to Lima, Peru.  We will leave for our hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on November 5, and then we have an apartment booked in Buenos Aires from December 19 to January 19.

So things are starting to come together.  We have been shopping both online and in stores to finish up getting all our clothing and gear, and that has been both expensive and exciting.  We will definitely update our gear page when we finalize everything.  You wouldn’t think that shopping would be that difficult considering we’re only taking a few items of clothing each, but when you’re only bringing two shirts, you have to be picky about which shirts you bring.

We hope to knock more off the list in the coming weeks before we go to Florida with Megan’s family for a week starting on Labor Day weekend.  But we have quickly realized that we have plans almost every weekend up until we leave, so finding the time to get everything done is becoming a stressful thing.

That’s all for now, until next time….

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We are T minus 144 days.

The to-do list is as long as ever. We’re a little behind on immunizations, but are getting them started next week. Despite how much fun paying (a boatload) to getting stuck with multiple needles is, I’ll be kind of excited to get started on the prep for the trip.

No gear has been purchased. Well, that’s not entirely true. Adam got some travel clothes for Christmas, but promptly started dropping weight. The pants are just about falling off of him. Considering that he’s going to keep slimming down, those clothes won’t be making the trip with us unless Adam wants to look like a little boy playing dress up. So, we’re back to ‘no gear.’

We have a rough plan of where we’ll be traveling, but no concrete plan. And that’s exactly how we want it. You can find our projected plan on the itinerary page: https://adamandmegstravels.wordpress.com/itinerary/

One thing we can check off the list though? Start a blog. 🙂


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