|Leaving the Luxuries Behind||1 | 2|
SEATTLE, USA — A lot of people have been asking us what it will be like to travel around the world. This seems a strange question to pose, given that neither of us has done anything even remotely like this before. Apparently, they assume our research into the trek has given us this kind of insight.
Well, honestly, we have no clue what it will be like. We've both taken long vacations — a few weeks, even a month or so — but we've never been on a vacation that had no definite "end". No return tickets. No day by which to show back up at work. No "home" to leave early and go back to. That much I can say tends to be a little disconcerting.
One of the other concerns is, of course, all the things we won't have with us. Here, I offer the first half of our list of things that Erin and I will miss the most during our trip:
Bubba and Gwen (our cats).
Well, this one sort of goes without saying. And, quite frankly, we're still having a little trouble coping with this one. So let's just quickly move along.
Erin is a vegetarian, so she's usually happy to consume most kinds of produce. I, on the other hand, was raised to loathe and fear vegetables. To people like me and my Dad, our idea of vegetables with dinner is rice and potatoes (and corn, if we're barbequeing). If there were ever any kind of requirement that our dish contain something green, you could be sure we'd be eating salad. The great thing about salad is that you can disguise any vegetable-like qualities with a few pounds of blue cheese and bacon bits.
Unfortunately, when travelling to places like Central America and Asia, one of the first rules they tell us is: "Don't eat anything." Then, in case you find a way around that, they clarify it with "Don't eat lettuce." And the only thing worse than not being able to eat lettuce is having to eat other green vegetables. Blech.