These days my brain has multiple wheels spinning like crazy, always going in the background. Because we are turning our lives upside down and it is coming soon! As mentioned previously, we are moving in February. By that time we’ll have been in Kodiak for seven years and honestly the thought of leaving is slightly terrifying. We love Kodiak, love our coworkers, love the community, the beauty of this place. The family that we’ve found here. But we miss proximity to family, being available when things come up. It’s time to be close for awhile.
So February 2 is our last day of work. February 11 the movers pack up our stuff. We have ferry tickets to Homer for February 13, then we’re driving the AlCan again. Hotels are reserved for the drive down. We have started packing and mailing books for my dad’s, have been sorting and getting rid of a lot of stuff, are organizing our digital lives. Trying to reduce the craziness at the end by preparing well.
The plan is for the cats to drive down with us, in our Ford Escape, with whatever stuff we decide to take in the car. Then we’re hoping for a few days to a week with my family in Washington, before we fly (possibly with the cats) to San Diego to visit Fred’s family. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen most of our family and we are really excited!
From San Diego we leave on the first leg of our round-the-world trip. Yes, all the way around! We will fly to South Carolina to visit Fred’s friend, Caleb, and his family. Then drive to Philadelphia, maybe via D. C., to visit a Coastie friend who is currently stationed there. Then drive again to Rochester, NY to visit my uncle’s family. And maybe see Niagara Falls. Then fly to London, meeting my sister and brother there. They will be with us for the Europe portion of the trip. Two days in London, then to Vienna for a few days, with day trips to neighboring countries. Our friend Mandy will join us the last day in Vienna and stay through Salzburg and Prague. Then we will head south to Athens for a few day, before splitting up.
Fred and I will fly to Egypt for most of a week with Mandy there. His first visit to Africa! Then we both get to check Asia off our list, with a few days in Chiang Mai, Thailand visiting our friend Titus and his dad. Then a few days in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (also called Saigon) with Titus. Then a week in Tokyo visiting Devin and Ai. Then back to San Diego for some more family time before we start jobs, somewhere.
We have most of our housing figured out, are working on city pass and train plans, still need to reserve rental cars for the east coast, apply for visas (but not until within 90 days of the trip), figure out many of the pieces of this trip (like credit cards vs a preloaded ATM, health insurance while we’re gone, where the cats will be, what needs to come in the car, how much of our furniture to move,…). We check things off the list, but it keeps growing!
I see all the things left to do and feel the stress rise, but I also look at the things we will get to do and feel the excitement bubbling up within me. We get a road trip, through gorgeous country! And time with family, lots of it, in the next year! And get to visit lots of our favorite people (on this trip or smaller trips after we move)! And see places I’ve dreamed about visiting for years! And I’ll be on the same sleep schedule as Fred the whole time, maybe even converting back to being a morning person!
And we will be visiting:
Two or three provinces,
Ten ish states and a district,
Thirteen ish countries,
And four continents!
We’ll keep you posted as we get closer!