Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Almost packed, but it doesn't feel like it Ft. search for the perfect quote

My will-be-checked bag is all packed and ready to go and I'm slowly finishing up my carry-on [my trusty LL Bean backpack]. I've had a lot of people tell me that I'm crazy for only having a suitcase and a backpack, but I think that it's freeing. It almost makes it more exciting, I'm going on this great adventure for 9 months and all I need are these two bags. In reality I've really only packed clothes, a few electronics, a couple of books, some toiletries, and a few odds and ends. I wonder how much I will actually use and what I could have left at home. Since I'm living with a host family I don't need to worry about things like bedding and towel, though I'm sure I would have just bought those things when I got there.

Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a Spanish phrasebook and a map of Madrid (for my layover) and wanted to get a novel to read. Being me, I couldn't decide on just one so I left with nothing but I've been thinking about this one, "The Martian", it's coming out as a movie in October and it seems really good the more I think about it, so I'm going to go get it tonight. I also need to order/pick up the pictures I'm getting printed to bring to Seville with me. Also, "Only in Spain" was great, the ending was not satisfying, but as it is about the author's actual life, it was fitting. Also on books, I read "Byrd" this summer at camp, it was amazing as was "The Mountain Story". I couldn't put either down and I highly recommend both!

Every time I go on a trip I like to pick a quote to inspire me while I travel. The first time I went to Spain, in high school, I used (thanks Jess):

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

And for my trip to Burkina I used: 
"It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and be brave, and to want, to need, to hunger for adventures, to embrace change and chance and risk, so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free."
 I'm still trying to work out what I want to use for this adventure, I have a few ideas in mind but I'm open to suggestions!

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