Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bon Voyage and the Kindness and Generosity of People

This is the weekend we've been working towards for what seems like forever. After a whirlwind week of getting final to-dos completed, we officially moved out of our house this afternoon, handing over the reigns to our dog/house sitter. Although we are very excited to embark on our adventures, the whole week has been bittersweet. Selling our car and handing over the keys to the house wasn't too bad, but saying goodbye to our dog has been the moment we have been dreading for a long time. After taking one last long walk around the neighborhood on this drizzly day, we hugged our white furry mutt goodbye and the tears started rolling, and kept rolling, and we kept sobbing as we headed down the road, and we haven't really quite stopped crying yet.

And then it also dawned on us that we are officially homeless...and unemployed after tomorrow...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Curating My Travel Wardrobe

According to the dictionary, curate means "select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition)", usually referring to a job responsibility of a curator in a museum or gallery.  My belongings don't come close to being artwork, but I believe I have taken the same meticulous process in selecting my travel wardrobe.

We are limiting ourselves to a small-frame, lightweight, backpack for the next 8 months.  This has generated more conversations of disbelief than I expected.  It also happens to be the number one reason most people say they can't take a trip like this; due to their inability to part with their large suitcases full of clothes, shoes, makeup, hair products, etc. Therefore, I thought that showing my "curated" travel wardrobe would be of interest to many.