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  • Day3

    The test

    January 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Normally as a rule we don't split up. With no way to communicate, going our separate ways could be a recipe for disaster. Although it should be noted that plenty of people pre cell phone has successfully navigated the city and rendezvoused with friends without a digital companion to assist them. We decided to give it a try as a test of sorts an exercise in pre 2000s living. Several rules were put in place, we will meet here at this time. If by chance one of us didn't show up protocol 2 would be put in place which was turn on cell phones. If scenario 3.4 happened (which was if one of us were to meet Huge Grant we would enact procedure 7 and so on and so forth. So there I sat as the metro whisked me away from Lina at a random station in a foreign city hoping that we had covers all our bases. Clutching my map I headed out to East Finchley to a record store that was having an annually half off sale hopping to get there a bit before opening for my best chance. As I approached the store about 40 other people had decided to arrive before me. And now we had all decide to stuff our jacket clad bodies into an area that was much to small for so many patrons. This was Tokyo metro at rush hour mixed with Black Friday with a sprinkle of championship parade hysteria for good measure. Squeezing my way through the crowd
    I managed to grab a few things as I floated by and then found myself in the queue to pay. After payment I was again whisked away and found myself outside the shop. It was then that I realized that our meet up time had come and gone. A small panic set in as I went through the mental role call of procedures to find the chink in our armor. I had thought we had done everything right. Had the Huge Grant clause been enacted? Had Lina been given access to the royal palace? These were the only scenarios that seemed plausible. Just then as I was about to return to the 2000s and turn my phone on I saw her walking up from across the road. Our test was a success.
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  • Day17

    Off we go

    November 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    Goodbyes have been said, our house is packed, work is finished and we have our bags on our backs.

    The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of finishing tasks and very rapidly moving onto the next. In preparation for what seems almost inevitable while we're away, I got food poisoning which wiped out two of the last three days and set us back on the final to-do list but thanks to our brilliant family we're ready to go.

    We are currently on our way to Heathrow for our flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka for our first of ten countries. You might be wondering which of us has the heavier bag - Phil with the massive shoes, larger bag, bigger clothes; or Beth who has packed considerably more clothes, shoes and all-things-ladylike? Across her backpack and daypack Beth comes in at 14kg, while Phil is 13kg. Pretty sure we still both have entirely unnecessary stuff with us!

    It feels surreal to be on the road but we are both so excited to be...except for the delayed train to London that is!

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  • Day1

    Planning and Prepping

    November 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    So it's our 7 year anniversary together and instead of romantic meals or gestures, the day is filled with packing and planning!
    Our departure is only 16 days away and suddenly it feels like we need to pick up the pace and be ready to go. The house is in a state of boxes, paperwork and half completed jobs...but we're getting there. We're finalising our travel plan (which is surprisingly time consuming) and nearly finished packing up valuables and sentimental items around the house. Our good friends are renting out the house and although they don't mind us leaving things out, we don't want them to have to look at all our photos constantly staring at them or them worrying about breaking anything. Thankfully not a massive task, but does bring us back to our moving days!
    It's all becoming incredibly real now, but immensely exciting. Well and truly on the countdown to seeing the world...

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