Okay, technically it’s 11 days and change. Regardless, I have actually not come to terms with the fact that, barring any drastic change in plans, I will not be in this country much longer. It still seems a bit unreal. I am excited and nervous at the same time – a bit intimidated by the idea that I may not return to the United States for quite some time.
A quick recap on finances (for my own benefit, really). I have $6000 in an offshore savings account (it’s British, not Panamanian). I’m still confident that I will be able to amass another $2000 before I leave, plus the $3000 that I’m owed for…well, miscellaneous debts. Mostly from the sale of my vehicle. Unfortunately, debts can not be included in my total until they are paid – if they are paid. Any other time, residual income would be acceptable. This is not the case when I’m half a world away. Money is really the biggest of my worries, although I know it shouldn’t be. I could easily last a full year with $10k (assuming no other income during my first year). Still, I would feel more comfortable with twice that. And to consider that I never had a savings until I wanted to travel, and in seven months I was able to save about $8000, I guess the ratio is about one year of saving for a year and a half of travel. I know this is all irrelevant, since the wheels are already in motion, but I find it interesting to consider.
Anyway, I talked with a good friend of mine from Germany recently. She is going to show me around for about a week or two. I may head east directly from Amsterdam. Since another friend from Paris won’t be in France while I’m there, I see no point in going there for now. At least not Paris. I would still like to head south at some point for Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Currently I believe I will spend a week or two in Germany with my friend, then slowly head south towards Croatia. After the music festival in July I believe I may head north into Poland to see another friend for a week or two. I’m not completely sure on the itinerary yet, but that’s what makes for the best travel stories.
I don’t have much new insight to give for this blog yet. I am going to keep it short – mainly I’m updating it for my own interests. I have finished loading up my backpack. There seems to be a bit less in there than during my last trip, except for shirts. I couldn’t decide which shirts to bring, so I have about 10 t-shirts. I can always lighten the load later if necessary. The 40 snack bars I stuffed into the top pouch are quite heavy cumulatively, but they immensely convenient last time I traveled. I guess that is pretty much all I have to say this evening. I will most likely write once more before I leave the state of Arizona and a few times while in Pennsylvania with family.
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