We’ve made it. The last bags packed, the last work responsibilities transitioned, the last farewells said, the last Amazon purchase made, the last Amazon return processed, the last revised Amazon purchase received, the last Airbnb reservation booked (at least for our first two countries), a bunch more planning and prepwork behind us, and we’re ready to leave London tomorrow morning. First stop: the Western Fjords, Norway.
The last couple of weeks have been totally hectic (including trips back to the states and the Netherlands). While preparing to set off has been overwhelming at times, we’re pretty sure that it will all be a distant memory soon. Probably by Sunday evening while watching an 11pm sunset over the fjords.
To be honest, the prep experience has been beyond rewarding. As most people do, we used moving house as an opportunity to clear out an incredible amount of stuff we had accumulated. In our case, we had to ask ourselves the question of whether each item was actually worth shipping back to a storage unit in the US, or could go towards charitable purposes or be the exact thing a friend could use. So I’m keeping roughly two t-shirts aside from the stuff we’re traveling with, and couldn’t be happier about it! We know that we’ve brought joy to many friends in the process–even if their gift was a bottle of Tapatio we didn’t get to use or some toenail clippers–and we’re glad to know that so many items we can no longer use are going on to serve a higher purpose, such as the rocking chair that’s now being used in the birth centre at St. Mary’s Hospital. If nothing else, this experience will definitely make us think harder about our future purchases, big or small!
During our two weeks in Norway, we are disconnecting completely and detoxing from our devices and getting back to basics, like using paper maps. We plan to immerse ourselves in the dramatic landscapes around us and be nowhere else. Thinking ahead, I had asked our first Airbnb host whether there was a fish market nearby so we could pick up dinner after we arrived. Her response: “You can just borrow our fishing rod and catch the fish yourself!”
So, until you hear further, we’ve gone fishin’.