Gra Nomad Wanderings

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Facts: Fay (wife), Jeremy (son), Peta (daughter) and myself are heading to Santiago, Chile. Our other daughter Deb will join us when we get to Buenos Aires. We catch a plane out of Sydney at 10 am on Wednesday 1 Feb. It’s a 16 hour trip. Excitement is building. I’m writing this on Sat 21…about 11 days before we take off. How is my daughter Peta going to make it? She has to remove her stuff from the 2nd bedroom because she’s not returning to Dubbo. A guy has bought her furniture. Has he turned up to collect it? No. So, we’ve got Pete’s stuff semi packed up and looking like a tsunami has hit her bedroom. Brad, a young guy who is going to house sit for us, brought some of his stuff up today. We can’t put his stuff in the house till Pete leaves! Catch 22.

Fay is packed. That’s what you get for being a choleric/melancholy. Peta and I are both Sanguines! Up the Sanguines! Are we packed? No. Trouble is we sure need some help from the organised methodical ones in the family. Lucky the other 2 kids live in Sydney that’s all I can say.
After Buenos Aires we head for Iguacu Falls, then Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Then it’s Lima, Machu Picchu, Iquitos and Bogota, Colombia. Deb will head back to Aust from Lima.

If we get through all that we then fly to Miami, arriving there on 15 March. It’s there we’ll farewell Peta and Jeremy and next see them in Australia when we return on & December. We have 22 weeks in USA/Canada.
Here’s the list of things we had to arrange prior to departure (I’ll probably forget some):
* Wills
* Power of attorney
* Tickets
* Visas
* Booking documents for hotels
* International drivers licences
* Driving record
* Organise mail delivery
* Baggage tags
* YHA membership
* SERVAS Host Lists
* Medication (this is unbelievable) and a letter from the doctor
* Vaccinations
* Puzzles and books to read on the plane.
* Necessary addresses and contacts
Is there anything you can think of that we might have missed?


At 7:51 PM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Just remember that you can use Blogger no matter where you are in the world.

We expect constant updates.

I hope you get everything done in the coming days.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Keasty said...

Hey Rodney, I've found that even when there's heaps of jobs to do, if you get up before your wife you can sneak out and do a bunch of kms before she knows you've gone! Worked this morning.
Will aim at updating once a week.

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Insanity Infusion said...

Don't forget bubble gum to chew on the plane to help with the pressure!

I love the excitement before a coming trip! Especially the very moment your're walking the ramp to get onto the plane to fly away... the biggest grin crosses my face!

Insanity Infusion

At 4:24 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

alright.... 22 weeks in america.... here are the must sees: new york city, niagra falls, blue ridge mountains, asheville north carolina, atlanta (coke museum and the martin luther king, jr stuff), fort desoto beach in st. petersburg, florida (it's the #1 beach in america), miami (south beach), memphis (see graceland and check out beale st and the civil rights museum), nashville and the grand ol' opry, chicago and get geno's pizza. st. louis and see the arch, austin, texas and check out the music scene. denver, colorado and see the mountains. las vegas, san diego, yosemite and sequoia nat'l parks, san fran, portland and seattle.

now.... obviously that's a ton. but i left out so much! but those are some of my must sees in america.

enjoy peru! i'm so envious!

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I am SOOOOOO jealous! But very happy for ya'll, too. Man, you guys are FIT!


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