A wise man once said he saw no changes, well, let me tell you Tupac, we've seen many over just a few weeks. We sold our flat in London, leaving our first real home early in December, left our jobs 9 days ago and departed London altogether on 12th January 2013. So in the period of about 6 weeks we've cast aside everything we've known for the last five years to travel part of the world before starting an adventure of a different kind - being 'proper' Northerners again, hoping to live and work in the Manchester area.
Possibly most shocking and something that will take some adjusting to is this...I now own a fleece. Coupled with the fact I have to fit everything I require over the next four and a half months in a backpack (those of you who know me well know I struggle with a small suitcase for even one night away!), I think this whole trip is going to be a bit of a culture shock for me. I'm looking forward to being taken out of my comfort zone though and I hope I will learn something from it about materialism, letting go and wearing the right clothing for the right occasion!!
This evening has been spent getting all our necessary items together - passports, tickets, money, clothes and so on...but not too far, we only have backpacks! And this is what 4 1/2 months of 'stuff' looks like:
Come back to find out A. whether it does actually fit into our backpacks and day bag and B. what is actually on the bed, just incase you're looking for inspiration for your own travels*. Off to a comfy bed now for our final full nights sleep in England for 19 weeks...we're almost ready to rumble, I mean backpack
*maybe check back in June, when we'll have returned, to see if we even took the right things!