Today was it, the transition point between this stage of my life and what I can only imagine will be the next,brief, but very exciting stage of my life. So I walked out of work today with a very vague idea of what the future will bring. Up to this point it has been very easy to carry on thinking that every Monday I will be waking up to another week at work continuing on in what was a fairly normal and safe routine. But not this week. Monday will bring our departure on a trip of a lifetime heading west in search of learning, understanding and adventure. I am very excited by venturing out into the unknown as well as a bit terrified. I love the feeling of not knowing where we will be in two weeks, a month or even a year but one cannot help but fear that this may not be a good thing. But overall I am sure things will work out just fine in the end. And without all of the problems that we are sure to encounter on this journey we would not appreciate all the wonderful moments as much.
Well we are pretty much packed, we have our airline tickets booked for the first leg of our journey (NY to LA, LA to Hawaii,Hawaii to Hanoi), we have squared away most of our finances and we have our passports in route to meet us in California (China visa issues) so now there is not much else to do but wait to get on the plane. There are a few more details to attend to and I am sure I will spend the next couple of days going through bags and checking gear but this is it the real beginning, it is time to go. The next time you hear from us we will be 3000 miles away in sunny California!
To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. ~Charles Horton Cooley