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So Iâ€™ve finally started it. The blog that is - not the trip. The trip began 40 days ago, and itâ€™s been a jam-packed, manic, wild, rugged, humid, dirty, colourful, surreal five and a half weeks ever since. Apologies to those who I promised this link to about two months ago. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
Monday the 1st June was the first sunrise Iâ€™ve seen over
The nine hour flight to
Life had been a bit surreal in the month or so before I left. Iâ€™d had laser eye surgery, and cut off my long locks (for those who knew me in my former physique my hair was over 12 inches long and had been that way since I was 12). I had turned down a few job offers and taken leave from all the things that made my life what it was over the last few years.I felt weary and a little strange, but good.
Hereâ€™s a note for prospective travellers who are about to embark on a similar journey of what I would categorise as "modern life deconstruction": it will take twice as long as you think. Your bank will mess up your new debit card, send it to the wrong address, cancel the old one and leave you without cash for several days. Your broadband provider will attempt to transfer your account to the new occupiers but will end up closing it down. The Inland Revenue will lose your direct debit mandate for national insurance contributions and your mobile phone company will attempt to charge you an extortionate amount for using voicemail while abroad. Once youâ€™ve sorted out all their admin for them, youâ€™ll be left with your own list of urgent-must-do-or-suffer the consequences type stuff. Like travel insurance. Trying to find a policy to cover a Netbook, Ipod and camera, as well as a policy which included
So my advice is just to give all of this more time then you could possibly need. And look out for the things that are going to save you time and money. By upgrading my current account with a certain world-wide bank I got free cash withdrawals anywhere in the world. The Post Office also do a cash card that you can load with dollars â€˘ very useful in
So, now that Iâ€™ve got all of that out of my system, there is nothing left to do apart from indulge in the joy of moment by moment living. Life admin, pensions and future-proofing all seemed a but ridiculous yesterday when I found myself on a small fishing boat off the Nicaraguan coast watching two Nico's haul in a 4ft barracuda (who we named Barry and ate for lunch today.)
So. Iâ€™ll start from the beginning. I've kept diary entries over the last few weeks so I'll type them up and modify them here. Feel free to browse at your leisure. Eventually I'll catch up with myself and be writing real-time. But at the moment I'm rewinding 5 weeks and 5 days to the 1st June 2009...
Lots of love, Mel x