Away We Go

Today's the day to fly away from New Zealand and get this show on the road. The (always tentative) agenda:

  1. Finish out February in Australia on a 100-ton concrete barge. See here.
  2. Fly to Phuket to visit the students and staff at R35 and revisit my favorite spots in southern Thailand until the end of March. See here, here, here, here, and here.
  3. Quick stop in Singapore to see Dave.
  4. Fly to Saigon on April 1 and spend 3.5 weeks making my way to Hanoi. Some familiar stops along the way, some new. See here, here, and here.
  5. Fly to Bangkok the last week of April, spend time visiting friends there and in northern Thailand.
  6. Fly to San Francisco the last week of May and go to Yosemite with Chris (see here). Train back to Chicago.
  7. Home, sweet, Upper Midwest by the second week of June.

I'm fiddling with pictures at a coffee shop rather than finishing packing, mailing a suitcase home, booking rides for today, or confirming with a clinic that I don't have TB (standard test for Antarctica next season). But that's alright, I'm sure that will all have before 5 this evening.

Packing felt like a foreign experience, separating things to send home from things to put on my back for three months. On one hand, it's odd considering I did the same thing just about a year ago and packed for Antarctica only 5 months ago. I've got too many shoes. Contact solution is heavy but expensive in SE Asia. Pray my laptop survives being shipped home. Do I have enough socks? Will I be cool (both senses) enough in these clothes? Blah, blah, blah. It worked out well enough last time, so experience tells me to fuggedabaddit. Forest, trees and that whole thing.

I'll probably be incommunicado for most of Australia, so please enjoy these photos from Mongolia last spring that I finally uploaded instead.

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