Skipping town isn’t as easy as it sounds. It took several months of intense planning to prepare for a long trip. Here is a breakdown of our last couple weeks in the US.
November 2: John’s last day at work; thankfully, he could do a lot final trip prep and much of the packing for our move.
Lori getting her trip pack ready
We went to Kentucky for Thanksgiving and were happy to get in some quality time with my family.
The last week of November was a nonstop blur of packing, still working everyday for me, saying goodbyes, and all the crazy life maintenance stuff that needs to be done when you move out and go off the grid for a few months (such as forwarding your mail to your mom and things like that).
December 1-2: John’s expert packing and organizing skills helped us fit our apartment into a 12x8x8 foot POD (after donating and throwing out A LOT of stuff). Thanks to our many friends who helped with moving, loaning dollies, and plant/TV/printer-sitting! We really appreciate it!
December 3: Lori says goodbye to the apartment, most of her material belongings, and heads into her last day of work
December 3: It was a great last day that included an amazing smorgasboard of all of my favorite sweets and snacks (even derby pies!) at a breakfast going away party and having lunch with two of my favorite people. Somehow I still had a lot of stuff to do in the final hectic hours and the day ended with me having to run down the hallway as my team sang “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye,” bringing tears to my eyes. It was a bit intense and emotional, so I REALLY appreciated this amazing going away gift which I enjoyed on the train ride.
John’s day was even more frantic than mine. He had to stuff the last few items he could fit into the POD, throw out what wouldn’t fit (we’ll see if we miss those lamps, and let’s don’t even talk about where the cable box may have ended up …), and grab his trip back pack and both of our packed-to-the-gills suitcases for leaving at his parent’s house in NY. As he hauled all of this out the front door to catch a cab, he ran by our apartment building’s front desk, tossed the keys to the concierge, and said ‘bye, email us if there are any issues.’ No time for a walk-through! He met me at Union Station about 10 minutes before our train left.
December 4-5: Staying with John’s parents for a few days in Irvington, New York, was a much-needed sojourn before we headed to SE Asia for several months. John’s parents even threw us a surprise going away dinner party! The Ryans and some extended family members wished us well on our journey with some amazing Italian food and drinks, generous gifts, and many tear-jerking bon voyage toasts. We felt very loved and had a wonderful night.
December 6: The big day was finally here. It was time to pack the packs one last time and pile on all of the warm clothes we had for bracing the chilly New York morning as we headed to the airport.