After a rather trying day of everything running behind schedule, a run-in with an incredibly rude tow-truck driver who tried to tow away the van as we were unloading it into our storage unit, and several failed errands, we finally got back to where we are staying, showered, and then headed out to happy hour with a good friend. Now I am back here, and Matt has headed to his dad's to finish his last surfboard for awhile. A post on that will come next!
Here are a few photos of our whole packing process:
The apartment packed up and ready to be moved:
It is somewhat humbling and also surreal to see your entire life packed away into a very small room. It took quite a bit of work to fit it all in and manage to still close the door!:
The apartment cleaned and turned back over to the landlord. Sad, but we have a new road now:
Here are the packs that are coming with us to New Zealand. We are bringing these, plus my carry on purse/bike bag and a day pack. That is it, for eight months! Oh my.
(My pack looks so small here. It will have quite a bit more packed into it by the time we get on the plane. And yes, I have a flag patch for every country I have been to).
We have been working so hard, and such long hours, that my job already seems a thing of the distant past, which makes me sad, and now the reality of the trip is starting to sink in, most especially the fact of how little we are taking with us! I am glad we have honed it down to packs and one carry on apiece, as it will make life much easier when we are not hauling around a suitcase as well. Tomorrow I will be making a trip to the central bank downtown for some New Zealand currency, switching the utilities on the apartment out of my name, sorting out all of our documents and making sure we have our passports and visas and such in the right places and copies of everything left with Matt's mother. We will have a family dinner with Matt's family tomorrow night, and then breakfast and lunch with various friends on Saturday. We will be at the Portland Airport around 4:30 PM on Saturday, and then it's off to the other side of the world! It's almost here!