Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?Alice in Wonderland
As I sit on the floor with yet another cup of tea, I find myself day-dreaming of our trip ahead. Flights, cruise ships, exotic lands, warm sunshine, more flights, buying a yacht, freezing European winter…and it hits me I NEED A BIGGER SUITCASE! OK so the plan ahead is 2 and a half weeks in South East Asia, hot, humid weather expected…so light dresses, blouses, sandals, jandals and shorts – but also more formal attire for the cruise ship entertainment evenings, so dresses, high heels, shawls and light cardigans. And then I need to think of the next leg of our adventure hitting Europe in the middle of winter…so we are talking serious amounts of thermal underwear, wind proof jackets, weather proof clothing (for the yacht), tidy warm outfits to meet with brokers and foreign agencies. Hmmmm boots, winter shoes, runners, and slippers (knitted are the best)! So now I start looking at the chaps allocated suitcases – surely he doesn’t need all that space? What is he even taking? Turns out he is taking navigational equipment – sextant, compass and other sailing paraphernalia which apparently is quite important….in amongst that he will throw (literally) in his multi climatic clothes and shoes which amounts to about one suitcase worth of belongings. So this means I may be able to take the extra ‘must haves’ and ‘desperately needed’ pieces of equipment I require – you know like my face masks, photo books, journals, marine grade pegs and environmentally friendly market bags. I’m constantly hearing “Don’t worry Babe, they sell all of that in Asia we can get it there.” Not sure if he knows I don’t trust that they will have exactly what I want. Anyway back to my packing I guess, but first I need another cuppa to contemplate the piles of clothes ♥
So anyone who has made a massive move whether it be cross-country, to another country or what we are planning – to a yacht in an unfamiliar country you know how stressful and list inducing it can be. I have been an emotional roller-coaster, happy and excited one day and full of doubt, dread and feeling very lost the next. My poor friends have received numerous panicked texts and have calmed me down so I can breathe and focus again. The closer it gets the more I wonder if I have gone mad…what was I thinking when I agreed to this? I have been fortunate enough to take a year’s sabbatical from my job (which I love), my youngest daughter and her wee dog are going to be staying in our home while we are away which fills me with comfort knowing it will be looked after and they will both be safe. Everything has been down-sized, re-homed, sold or stored for this trip. Addresses changed, accounts re-arranged and contact lists created. I am extremely pleased that my love for all things structured and scheduled has seen me through…so far! My darling chap (bless his patience) has wanted to travel in a yacht for over 20 years, to him it is a once in a lifetime adventure that means we can travel to wherever our hearts desire without the hassle of flights, accommodation and schedules. His love and aptitude for sailing makes this all possible, something I am very grateful for…most days 😉 So on with my list, I am slowly but surely completing tasks and I may have slowed down a little bit with adding more tasks to it. At the end of the day the world will carry on if I don’t paint the kitchen window sill or replant a couple of pot plants. Counting down the days…10 to go!!
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