Monday, December 29, 2008

a guessing game

Okay let's play a game, it's like the one where you guess how many pounds the prehistoric pumpkin weighs or how many jellybeans are in the jar. But this time, it's 'How many times has Victoria packed and unpacked in an effort to scale down, reduce and eliminate as much weight and as many things as possible so as to maximize the pleasure of long-term travel?'

If you guess correctly, you'll'll win!! yeah!

As a bonus, you can take bets amongst yourselves as to whether or not I will do one final run-through pack/unpack marathon tonight. It's 10:30 PST.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

take off, hoser

You know how they say you're never prepared to be a parent, and there is no manual? Or how about the ol' adage for artists....the painting is never finished (weaker metaphor, but it works I think).

Well I found a Lonely Planet Guide to India, but otherwise, I will never be prepared enough for the mind-bender I anticipate the next leg of my life to be.

I found a five-week permaculture and natural building course in Vellore (south India, in Tamil Nadu state), begins January 9. Emailed the folks there inquiring about room, and they gave me a collective enthusiastic thumbs up. Wow! Just about the same time, I found, quite serendipitously, a pretty sweet deal on a one-way ticket to Chennai (formerly Madras...don't I sound world-traveled already?). So I uh....I bought a ticket and I'm leaving the day after tomorrow.

Let's see....I think I'll jump for joy and then go throw up, I'm so excited and nervous.

I'm packing light, lighter than ever - one small backpacking backpack and a very small daypack. Gimme a high five!!!!

I have a one-hour layover in Frankfurt. Now doesn't that rock?

And so for now I bid you a salubrious adieu and pledge to keep you as up to date as my schedule and internet access allows!