The moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived: this blog is going public! Welcome! For those of you who are just joining us, this is the place where Matt and I will document our 3-month trip to Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. We hope to provide you with witty repartee, pictures, and assurances that we are alive and well. Our earlier posts were for our own benefit, as we were trying to wrap our minds around the fact that we are actually taking a 3-month sojourn from life. You're obviously more than welcome to read those earlier posts. Please also feel free to comment. On anything, really. Comment away!
Since this is an introductory post for most of you, let me give you a bit of background. A little over a year ago, Matt and I started talking about taking a TRIP after he graduated from school. This wasn't going to be a small trip, it was going to be a TRIP wherein we would visit someplace kind of unusual, someplace different from places that other people visited, and we planned to be there for about a month. And then as we talked about it and got more excited about it, and thought about it some more, we realized that maybe it was time to take a journey, to take the kind of trip where we would leave our worldly possessions in storage, leave our cats to the kindness of friends, and say a temporary goodbye to American capitalism/consumerism. It soon became clear that not only were we ready to take this journey, but that the window of opportunity to take it would grow smaller and smaller unless we jumped on the chance right now.
Fast forward through what was an undeniably difficult year in Pittsburgh (read: grad school is hard, and finding a job in a less-than-friendly legal market is also hard), and here we are. We
plan to leave from New York on December 20, 2007 and return on April 4, 2008. That's just over 100 days for those of you who like to count. In those hundred-plus days, we plan to visit Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and Portugal. We've mapped out an itinerary but we're still tweaking it, so stay tuned for details.
Right now we're in the midst of figuring out a couple of key things before we go: how not to die from a strange illness while we're there (vaccines, vaccines, vaccines) how to make sure that we can get into the countries we want to go to (visas!), and the logistics of saying goodbye to every single person we know BEFORE we get on a plane (including people who haven't yet made their appearance in the world – hi miniMart!).
What we need from you is excited encouragement! We need you to be thrilled for us! We need you to tell us that this is the trip of a lifetime, and that we will have experiences beyond our wildest dreams! We need you to give us all of the advice you have to share, and to tell us about places we absolutely cannot miss. We also need you to give us your warnings, your public service announcements, and your concerns for our safety. We know that your worry means you love us
So with that, I give you our blog. Welcome! Enjoy! Come and go in Peace!
Lizzi and Matt