In T-10 hours we’ll be on our DC-Accra redeye. Now, we’re in D.C. on a 24 hour layover. Which, I haven’t ever done, on purpose anyway (reluctantly remembering the Atlanta stopover after Peru), and I have to admit, I really like it. A chance to regroup (and shower) before the international leg, which is a an easy eight-hour flight that I hopefully will sleep through. So far this hasn’t felt like an absurd international trek, rather two easy flights, neither of which involve getting up early or spending 20 hours in planes/airports. I think this is a method to keep. Plus, it minimizes the probability of lost luggage, though Accra has a bit of a history with this, so we’ll see.
I keep forgetting we’re leaving in just over two weeks. But, I have been preparing! Or, shopping anyway. I’m finally taking the plunge and purchasing some legitimate gear, especially since SEA is a trek I’d like to make while I’m still young enough to want to rough it. So, I purchased a 50L pack from Osprey based on a recommendation stating “if you travel by bus, which you probably will, and want to see your luggage again (certainly anyway) you ought to backpack it”. Since regular luggage doesn’t fit overhead (nor in your lap). And besides, I have a few treks I’d like to make that require such gear-EBC anyone? Or other Nepal treks besides base-camp. Not to mention, I really geek out over gear. I always have, even without a trip in the future. When I was a teenager, I wanted to rock climb because I thought the shoes and gear were awesome (regardless of the fact that I didn’t actually know a thing about rock climbing, nor if I even liked it). Wandering REI is a dangerous affair-“ohhh! an ice-pick-I need that right?” No, no I do not. Though, my new backpack does have loops for them, if I do ever decide to summit Mt. McKinley. I need a shopping buddy to keep me in check.
Apparently, we’re leaving in a month. In two hours, one month from now, we’ll be boarding a red-eye from DC to Accra. It hardly feels like we’re going yet, aside from passports I haven’t thought too much about it, especially since all the details are still very much up in the air.
On another note, I felt pretty “hip” this morning when perusing conde nast traveler online and found this article.
“God has spoken: The future of gastronomy is being cooked up in Peru,” -Chef Ferran Adrià
I feel so lucky to have caught this culinary revolution in it’s relative beginnings-and before major publications wrote it up. And I would love to go back, in a decade or so to see what has changed.
Yesterday, I got my visa back! So, thank you FedEx for returning it safely. One step closer!