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The beginning of our journey

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This represents all of our luggage for the next 6.5 months! I'm not sure how I managed to consolidate down to so very little - I know Kevin has been looking at my pile of clothes, makeup, cross-stitching, books, etc. and shaking his head frequently. After a lot of soul searching and a little crying I reduced it down to the bare minimum (and no, I didn't get rid of all of my makeup! At least not yet...) It's amazing process trying to differentiate between what you feel like you will NOT SURVIVE without (this includes such things as my injections as well as 101 hotel-sized shampoos and lotions) and things that you MIGHT SURVIVE without (including my cross-stitching :( and my Spanish lesson books). I'm hopeful that leaving my crafts at home doesn't lead to my demise, but it just may, and if so I will point the finger at Kevin!

So here we are on a bus, traveling from Manchester, NH to Boston. The flight leaves later this afternoon, connects through Houston, and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. We should be arriving around 9pm central time, as long as Continental decides to fly on time.

As this is the last free internet we will have until we return home, I wanted to relay some small insights I have had:

  1. Frequently people have said we are "brave," "courageous," "special" (is this a compliment?) and "insane" for doing what we are doing. I think our trip should be the norm! It doesn't take much to dream, be inspired, and then commit to the goal of traveling and exploring. Per Nike, Just do it!
  2. This event has had many iterations and was very close to being cancelled. I am so grateful for whatever it took to get everything together, whether it was the stars aligning correctly or our positive energy or perhaps it was the Burger Cookies we had in Maryland... there were so many things that could have gone wrong which didn't, which makes this endeavor even sweeter.
  3. I am also so amazed by the outpouring of love we both received from friends and family, who are cheering us on and wishing us luck. Our "So we left our jobs and are leaving the country" party in August will help to remind me not to fall in love and get lost forever in South and Central America; that there are friends and family awaiting our return. Not that I wouldn't come home, of course not Mom and Dad!!! Uncle Sam would be hunting me down through the jungles of Guatemala if we didn't return... and who am I kidding so would my parents :)

It looks like the bus is just outside of Boston so we are closing in on Logan. Adios, and see you in Costa Rica!

Posted by ebmarnp 07:14 Archived in USA Tagged bus

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Excellent letter. Agree with your insights. We can certainly relate as we have experienced the same comments regarding our motorcycling.
Very excited for you both. Now, it becomes real. We're sure we will have to go through a similar downsizing process when we take off next summer and everything has to fit on our cycles (really Ed's as he has the saddlebags).
Use all your senses and take everything in and do your best to communicate the experience. Have a super fantastic journey. Ed & Linda

by Ed

As I read your entry I have tears in my eyes. I love you both and wish you a safe and happy journey! Big kisses and hugs.

by jenn

Following a dream is always worthwhile. Living with regrets is not. Take a deep breath, jump in, learn, love and explore. When you come home share your journey and the people you meet with all of us. We all love you and share your excitement. Can't wait to hug you again:-).

by Judy

Yay Liz and Kevin! Lovely job with the packing. You will certainly not beef Spanish lesson books, hearing/speaking will do a much better job. And, I know you're going to find some fun new crafts to try! Sand castle art?? ;) Enjoy guys! Take some goat pictures for me. xo Jo

by Jo

Have a great trip and give me an address to send Berger cookies for Christmas!

by Libby Bryant

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