As I sit here waiting to leave for the airport, I am thinking of one of my favourite books from my childhood – Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.
Today is your day.
You’re off to great places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
It’s taken us a while to get here, but today has finally arrived! It hasn’t been easy, and I am under no illusions that the next year, while amazing, will also test our patience with with ourselves as well as with each other. Before we go, I thought I’d give you an update from the last few weeks (it’s been busy!).
I finished work on the 5th, and although I was ready to leave my job, I already miss my wonderful friends whom I worked with. Without their support and smiling faces every day, I would have thrown in the towel and quit a long time ago. It’s only been 2 weeks, but there has been a few days when I’ve just wanted to run back into the office to surround myself with the laughter and giggles that is always present.
Rich had a few hiccups with work and ended up changing jobs in December. This meant that he worked right up till Friday the 19th, rather then ending on the 5th like me. While he enjoyed this and it was great for our travel fund, it did mean that there was a lot of stuff I had to sort out on my own, and those that know me know that I am not great at organisation and I am a champion of procrastination!
We were very lucky, however, that my parents were able to come to the UK for 10 days and help us sort things out with the house and start to pack it up. We got a lot of stuff done with their help, and it made our final week less stressful then what it potentially could have been! Rich’s parents were a big help too, both coming up at different points to help with various things. We wouldn’t have been able to move everything out of the house without his Dad as neither one of us has a licence that allows us to drive a truck that was big enough!
When we bought our house 3 years ago it was in pretty bad shape and looked completely different on the inside then it does now. It took us a good year before everything was done, as we had to take out and replace carpets and flooring, clean from top to bottom about 3 times (it was filthy), paint every single wall and room in the house, and furnish everything. It was really weird walking around the empty house this time around, and I couldn’t help but think “I would furnish this completely different if we were starting from empty again.” When we come back we are wanting to move somewhere else, and it’ll be interesting to see how our tastes have changed after a year of living out of a backpack.
During all of this we also had to pack our backpacks that we are taking with us. I am a chronic overpacker (because maybe tomorrow I’ll want to wear something else?!), and it was pretty hard deciding what to bring and taking it down to the bare minimum. I went from this:
And finally this:
Obviously only one of those is mine, and on top of clothing, we also have shoes, toiletries, towels, and electronics packed in them. We have unpacked and repacked multiple times since this picture, and they are now packed in the best way possible!
Today we fly in Nairobi before catching a flight to Moshi, Tanzania. We’ll land there tomorrow morning and spend the day and night in Moshi before starting our Kilimanjaro climb on Thursday morning. We are back in Moshi the following Thursday; hopefully with some good stories and picture from the summit! Fingers crossed that Kenya Airways is decent, as we’ve got a 9 hour flight to get through tonight before landing in Kenya 🤞