Only a few days between me and my flight I realise how long I've been waiting for this. Excited to see the world, anxious to venture outside the comfort of security, to know that I'll be travelling into foreign cultures, meeting different people with very different values. I'm looking forward to learning, adapting and experiencing, and I'm also a little scared that I'll be solely dependand on my own, but it's as it should be.
I'm leaving my home for a long time, an empty house, saying goodbye to all my close friends and relatives, and even this traveljournal, to share my thoughts and experiences with loved ones and the world, are all sure signs of me going.
I've got everything I need and I've packed my bag to see the weight. I managed to keep it under 14 kg, to my back's content, leaving me the possibility to take a few little extra's. New Zealand will be cold, so maybe some warm sleeping gear or little speakers for music on the beach in the warmer regions, an extra book or two or maybe an extra pair of shoes smaller than my walking boots. Comfy as they may be, they might get too sweaty. I considered the possibilites and I think I'll take neither, because even though I know where I'm going I can't consider all the mights and foresee every little thing I'll need. My best option is to tred lightly, plus this will allow me to pick things up on the road.
My flight will be departing the 22th, early, leaving me with 12 hours to spend in London, probably ending up with me in a bar eating fish and chips, drinking a pint of lager and maybe visiting the Tower bridge, making sure I'm back in time to check in. Then after two 8 hour flights, making a quick stop in Kuala Lumpur, I'll be in Christchurch, approximatly 23 hours later. I'm really hoping to get some cloudy dreams and only a minor jetlag.
Then Christchurch, Dunedin, Hokitika, further on and everything inbetween, sometimes I look at the map in my atlas, only wishing I had more time.
Now to do some last minute medicine shopping and copy some documents.