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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Tomorrow - er, later today - I'll be getting on a plane to Nairobi. With any luck, I'll have virtually no internet access and unless circumstances necessitate it, I'm not going to purchase a Kenyan SIM either.

I love traveling. Unfortunately, I also loathe packing. For most of my adult life, I've practised the following preparatory ritual for trips.

  1. Procrastinate horribly
  2. Get drunk the night before I depart (~ 8 PM to 2 AM)
  3. Realize the taxi is coming or I need to get a train at 6 AM
  4. Stagger around hurling things at a suitcase which is either too large or too small (~2-3 AM)
  5. Sleep fitfully for three hours
  6. Wake up, figure I have money and a passport and that'll do for whatever I forgot

This time, however, I had sufficient perspicacity to understand that this approach was not going to work for this trip, which involves much more serious preparations like vaccinations and purchasing mosquito nets. Therefore, I am proud to report that the ritual underwent vital alterations.

  1. Procrastinate horribly
  2. Get stuck on the train home because a lorry has hit a level crossing (~7 PM to 9 PM)
  3. Arrive home, stagger around hurling things at an appropriately sized suitcase, including malaria pills (~9 PM to midnight)
  4. Get drunk (midnight to, oh, now)
  5. The rest will probably play out similarly

See that critical reversal? I packed BEFORE I got drunk! I'm sure this leap in maturity will serve me well over the upcoming 19 days. Be well, all of you, and I'll see you on the other side.

[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2010-07-01 00:40 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-07-01 01:01 (UTC)
And does the "get drunk" part help that much? Or it's just traditional?

Have a marvelous time!
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From: jerrycoat
2010-07-01 01:37 (UTC)
Have more excellent times in your travels!
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2010-07-01 02:16 (UTC)
Have fun. Pack the holga if you can.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2010-07-01 06:04 (UTC)
Hope you have a great time!
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From: pbristow
2010-07-01 07:43 (UTC)
[BOGGLE] Nairobi?   =8o|

For 19 *days*?!?   =8oO


Have a great trip! [HUGS]

(P.S. Good ritual, very similar to mine. I've always saved the getting drunk phase for when I'm already on route and its too late to be worrying about all those things I forgot to do that would keep popping into my head if I was sober. Might wanna try that next time. =:o} )

Edited at 2010-07-01 07:44 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-07-01 09:43 (UTC)
Well done! Have fun, you!
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-07-01 11:22 (UTC)
Dude I'm so jealous of your life!
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[User Picture]From: thirdbird
2010-07-01 12:10 (UTC)
Ha, I have exactly the same reaction to Packing Day, which I also had yesterday - though our destination is A LOT less exciting. I stupidly skipped the getting drunk step entirely this time. Woe.

Have a fantastic trip, I can't wait to read all about it!
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2010-07-02 11:46 (UTC)
Hope you have a wonderful trip :) I'll be looking out for your journal posts on your trip eagerly.

BTW, when yur back I'm gonna be a mum (c-section planned for 8th July).

Talk to ya soon!
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