19 hours and counting...
Trip Start Sep 28, 2006
99Trip End May 04, 2007
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My parents have really been incredible these past 5 weeks, between putting up with my ever-growing mess that has plagued the house since my move from New York City and helping me prepare for this trip in every possible way you can think of (my Mom is sewing a secret pocket into my pants as I type). When I first told them about my plans to quit my job at Cravath, Swaine & Moore to do some extended traveling rather than go back to school or pursue another job, they weren't exactly enthusiastic, so their support has really meant a lot to me. My sister has been amazing too, coming down almost every weekend to keep me company and calling all the time to calm me down if (okay when) I'm freaking out. I'm so fortunate to be surrounded by such a strong support system right now.
Speaking of my sister, she took a pretty funny video documenting my packing disaster. I certainly look quite fabulous in it, being that it was around 8 pm and I still hadn't changed out of my pajamas or showered, and am completely surrounded by all of my labeled zip lock bags of clothes and various other items. (By the way, ziplock bags are brilliant for organizing your pack and protecting your stuff! Everyone kept making fun of me, but seriously they are the best.) I don't know why I am sharing this video, as it is quite embarrassing, and for some reason I sound like I have a lisp (not true!). Oh well, here it is.
I can't wait until I'm finally out the door with my pack on my back and no more opportunities to obsess over trivial decisions like which colored tank top to bring or if I should really bother bringing mascara. Yes, that was in fact an ongoing debate in my mind. Right now, I'm still surrounded by tons of zip lock bags that eventually need to be packed, and I have several more things to do, so it's going to be a long night...then again, it's not like I'll be getting any sleep anyway so I may as well keep busy! I'm very anxious as you can imagine, but incredibly excited too. I have no clue what to expect---what's going to happen, how I'm going to react to this type of travel etc...but I guess that's as much of a good as it is a scary thing.