Time seems to be going extra quick these days. Somehow we find ourselves now just six days away from our departure date for Peace Corps…not sure how that happened. Our to-do list doesn’t seem to be any shorter now than it was a month ago. As we manage to complete one thing on our list, we also end up adding two new things. We seem to be working backwards!
Since finishing up our Arizona hike in mid-April, we have tried to say our goodbyes to friends and family. We spent nearly a week in New Hampshire and were able to visit with many of our dear friends. Even though our time spent in New Hampshire has diminished over the past four years, it is nice to know that many of our friendships have remained in tact. It was important for us to be able to touch base and reconnect with some of our friends before heading off for another (longer) adventure.
When we left New Hampshire, we headed to Wisconsin to spend our remaining time before Peace Corps with Brian’s mom. It has been a good “base” for us as we get ourselves organized, purchase items needed for Moldova, and visit with more friends and relatives.
While we would assume that many folks going into Peace Corps are trying to whittle down their possessions as they figure out what will fit in their suitcases. In our case, we purged most of our possessions over the past few years. Our regular daya-to-day clothing is extremely limited, with just two pairs of pants and a few shirts each. Neither of us had much for clothes that would be considered professional. So, part of our preparation for Moldova, has been acquiring some clothes that would be appropriate for the jobs we will have in Peace Corps. Of course, we still have the philosophy of not wanting a lot of possessions, so our wardrobes are still fairly limited. It is a good thing that Moldovans seem to wear the same clothes for several days in a row…I think we will fit in very well with that!
We have decided to bring our backpacking gear with us, as we hope to be able to do some backpacking in the neighboring countries during and/or after our service. These items take up a disproportionate amount of luggage space when you consider how often we will use them. But, it is a sacrifice we are willing to make. So, that decision limits the space we have in our luggage for clothing, personal items, and gifts we can take with us. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is certainly something that impacts our packing.
We have yet to actually put things into our duffels bags. Our stuff is just sitting out on the workbenches in the basement. There are several “maybe” piles of stuff that will be decided on as we finally see how much space we have in our bags once the “essentials” have gone in. While Allison has planned on taking her robe, it is not obvious how puffy it is and how much space it would take, so that is definitely in the “maybe” pile. There are similar small decisions to be made as the bags start to fill up.