#3 - getting ready to go!

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the "before" - my empty bags!
Today is my last day in the United States for the next 6 months! So crazy. I can't believe I'm getting ready to head to the airport in about an hour. I definitely have a mixture of emotions right now....I am definitely excited for my adventure - but I'm nervous as well. I know it's going to be amazing - it's just so interesting to be going into something and to have NO IDEA what is going to happen. (Of course that's what really makes it awesome, I know...it's just definitely a bit scary at that same time!) So, I have my first three nights booked in Auckland at The Quandrant hotel. And that's all I know. :) I am thinking I will get into Auckland (I arrive at 6am on December 3rd - no December 2nd for me this year!), head to my hotel, drop my stuff off and then go find a place for coffee! I'm glad I have a few days to get my bearings, tour around Auckland a little bit (I have to go to Mt.
all my stuff i'm bringing with me!
Eden where they went on Amazing Race! This is a road block...:) ) & then figure out my next move. I am pretty sure I will head north to the Bay of Islands. It looks GORGEOUS. Google it & look at the pictures. I'm very excited!

It's been so much fun getting ready for this trip. At some point, I'm going to write down my packing list & all the things I did to prepare for this trip because it was such a great learning experience! And if you know me at all, you know how much I love to make all those lists & spreadsheets. :) Also, I've definitely benefited from so many people's advice, packing lists, top-things-they-would-never-travel-without-ideas, etc - that hopefully I'll be able to help someone else as they plan for their trip. Anyway, that's for another day....

In the meantime, I have to say how amazing it has been to hear from so many friends & family as I prepare for this trip. So many of you had such inspiring things to say & I will be carrying them all with me!

I'm off to hang out with my grandmother for a little bit before I leave! I'm sure I will be back online in a couple days, so check back in!

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the before - my empty bags!
the "before" - my empty bags!
all my stuff im bringing with me!
all my stuff i'm bringing with me!
and the after!  everything fits!…
and the "after"! everything fits…
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