Monday, July 16, 2007

The Final Countdown...dahdahdahdahhhh

Can't believe it's finally here! By this time tomorrow I'll be getting into Philly and meeting some of the people I'll be spending the next two years with....

It's been quite a ride getting to this point. First and foremost there was packing. Eighty pounds really doesn't go very far when you're having to bring cooking supplies, teaching supplies, equipment, shoes, etc. Finally, I got it down to BARE ESSENTIALS and here's what it looked like:
A little nervous about getting all that stuff into two average bags, I was pleasantly surprised when it fit with little fuss. Just a few hours of maneuvering, re-packing, re-weighing, obsessing, and finally saying what-the-hell and the bags were ready to go!

Voila:

Not bad for two years in sub-saharan Africa.

Now if I can only manage to download all my music, make a mini-album of favorite pictures, pack a carry-on that doesn't weigh 100 pounds, call all my friends, and see all my relatives in the next 10 hours I'll be good to go!

11 comments:

Diana said...

I love that I packed more for ten weeks in DC than you did for two years in Africa...

Congratulations on that amazing feat! I would not have been able to do it.

Paul said...

What a svelt looking blog. Seriously I'm getting blog envy. Keep it updated, we'll all be missing you and thinking of you!

Bon voyage!

Gaby said...

I have to second Paul. If I need someone to set up a blog for me, I know who I'm calling :)

I absolutely love the picture of all the neatly lined items you packed into your bags.

I'm going to miss you!!!

Gaby said...

I just realized. I don't know who I'm calling, because, will you even have a phone??? :( :/ :-(

Matt said...

i'm going to miss you, kate!

Lera said...

My dearest Katie-pooh! I don't even have a clue when you'll get this... but I wanted to wish you a safe flight. It was amazing getting to see you so much as of late. You're my favorite:) xoxo

Amanda said...

Katie-bug! You did a wonderful job of packing, when you get back, you'll have to give me some pointers! I love you and wish you the best in Africa! I can't wait to hear about all of your experiences. Love you!!

mom said...

Dearest Kate, As someone who watched you pack and repack those bags, I'm still impressed. The time has finally come for your life changing adventure. I can't wait to see your next entry. Love always!

Gordon and Helen said...

Great Blog! Excitedly wait for the next update. We are missing you but excited you are finally on your African Adventure. Good luck getting settled into your routine. Love you!

dinda said...

omg, i am reading all of these right now!!!!!! i need to sign up for one of those automatic stalker updates so I get an email telling me you've updated your blog every time it happens.

i love the picture of your luggage!! I love the hat. You still use the same face wash. What happens when you run out? I can send you more! wahahahaha.

and the thing i love the most that you packed is: that lovely hat.

-linda

Bukie said...

Bonjour, Kate! I loved reading your comments and reactions so far. I am so excited for you. I will continue to keep up with your adventure! Love you beaucoup! Bukie