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Leaving Today

They always assume we're up to no good

sunny 73 °F

After months of waiting, the day has finally arrived! Excitement hasn't hit yet because I would rather be sleeping right now. But of course, the body sensed what today was bringing and woke me up at five. It's currently eight so I figured I might as well start moving.

For those of you unfamiliar with our reasons to go, there are no reasons. It's been something Pat and I have wanted to do since high school and we figured now is probably our best opportunity to go on a trip without sacrificing our careers (apologies sent to Ridge Stone Contractors and Aouichi Corporation), our families (Mama Hackney and Mama Moubarak, please do not cry, or panic, or worry, or over-think, or grow concerned due to lack of communication, or assume the worst has happened). So, with our window of opportunity growing narrower, we decided it was now or potentially never.

How was the planning process? As basic as we could have made it. We picked our duration, picked the most western point, bought our ticket from STA Travel (statravel.com), bought a Eurail Pass (eurail.com) and then we just started picking things. Not the most thorough way to go about it but it's a vacation, not an assignment, kept it simple and relaxing while seeing some cool stuff along the way.

Packing was even more basic than planning. A weeks worth of clothing, some toiletries, a poncho, a watch, some cameras, and some other objects that I cannot think of right now. We're traveling to other civilizations, not the middle of nowhere. If we forgot anything, chances are the other countries have them as well.

So all that is left now is the ride to the airport which will undoubtedly involve a lecture, a thousand warnings that have been repeated since we first went public with this trip, unnecessary tears, and me (I'm assuming for Pat as well) wishing the airport was much closer and a much shorter drive.

To friends and family, we will miss you and we will be thinking of you while we are gone. Thank you for your support and your kind thoughts and prayers over these last few months and these next few months. I apologize if I was not able to see you before today and to my friends who have become teachers recently or are still in school, have a kick ass summer, to those with jobs that do not allow summers off, keep kicking butt at work. I also apologize ahead of time for the certainty that at some point, we will forget how long it has been since we called and I will forget that we ever even started a blog in the first place. We love you.

Moe and Pat

Eph 1:3

Posted by 2DudesInEurope 04:54 Archived in USA Tagged packing planning beginning

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